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Obama signs bill lifting ban on HIV-positive organ transplants

Organ transplants from one HIV-positive person to another may become a reality after President Barack Obama signed the The HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act into law on Thursday.

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22nd November 2013 08:31

Alessia Valenza | ILGA North America

The HOPE Act ends a decade lifts a ban on research into the possibility of such transplants and received bipartisan support from members of the US Congress.
‘Improving care for people living with HIV is critical to fighting the epidemic, and it’s a key goal of my National HIV/AIDS Strategy,’ Obama said in a statement. ‘The HOPE Act marks an important step in the right direction, and I thank Congress for their action.’
The federal health department will now develop and institute standards for conducting such research and the US health secretary will be able to greenlight such transplants if the research results support this change.
According to the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT organization in the US, there are more than 100,000 patients waiting for organ transplants.