For the first time, surgeons in the United Kingdom have transplanted the kidneys of a deceased HIV-positive individual into two people living with the virus, Reuters Health reports. To date, the world has seen kidneys from three deceased HIV-positive donors transplanted into six people living with the virus.
Presenting their case study in the Clinical Kidney Journal, clinicians drew kidneys from a 55-year-old white male who died of a brain hemorrhage. This man was on ARVs and had an undetectable viral load for the three years preceding his death as well as a CD4 count above 200 during the last six years of his life.
The two recipients of the donor’s pair of kidneys were both Black and Caribbean men. One of them was 60 years old and the other 45 years old; the men had been on the waiting list for a new kidney for a respective 563 and 306 days.
One of the recipients had initial complications with his transplant but ultimately stabilized. Two years following their transplants, both men are in good health with well-treated HIV and have not had to change antiretroviral regimens.
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