News from abroad: Lifting the ban on HIV positive organ donating
The Senate Heath Education and Pensions Committee in the USA have approved the HOPE Act, also known as the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act. The act would lift the federal ban on transplanting HIV positive organs to HIV positive recipients.
The HOPE Act would instruct the Department of Health and Human Service to make up a strategy about transplanting HIV positive organs into HIV positive recipients. This plan would decrease the wait time on people that were listed as HIV positive and negative. Over 40 advocacy groups have endorsed this bill, including the United Network for Organ Sharing.