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Boosters further reduce the risk of severe illness and can help curb coronavirus transmission.
Immunocompromised people and those with underlying health conditions can benefit from additional shots.
Post-exposure and pre-exposure prophylaxis could be a game-changer for immunocompromised people.
A growing number of transplant programs are barring patients who refuse COVID vaccines or giving them lower priority on waiting lists.
The booster is recommended for organ transplant recipients, people receiving cancer treatment and people with advanced or untreated HIV.
Experts call for heightened precautions and better, more intensive therapies for COVID-19 patients with weakened immune systems.
Natural immunity and vaccine responses may be weaker in people with immune suppression, so they should get their second dose promptly.
Congress passed a law in 2013 allowing such organ transplants in research studies.
Especially from people who might have been considered a risk for transmitting HIV and hepatitis B and C
A long-term study found that kidney transplants between people with HIV have high success rates.
A long-term study also found that superinfection—acquiring a second strain of HIV—was not a risk for the transplantees.
“It’s the chance of showing people that I am just as normal as you,” says long-term survivor Nina Martinez.
Transplantees can be treated safely and effectively for hep C, so greater education regarding such methods is in order.
A review of the major findings presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases in San Francisco
After this first deliberate transplant from someone with HIV to a person without the virus, does the child organ recipient now have HIV?
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