US Senate supports bill to allow HIV positive organ donations to HIV positive recipients

Simon Collins, HIV i-Base

On 20 March 2013, the US Senate approved legislation that should end the long-standing ban against HIV positive people donating organs.

This is the first stage for the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act. [1]

The ban has been in place since 1998 and has prevented HIV positive people participating in living donor programmes to other HIV positive partners. [2]

The bill was endorsed by the American Medical Association.


  1. Boxer, Coburn Praise Senate HELP Committee Passage of the HOPE Act.
  2. New York Times. A new push to let HIV patients accept organs that are infected. (11 April 2011).

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