Friday, October 12, 2012

WSJ: More HIV-Positive People Receive Organ Transplants

See this article from the Wall Street Journal, which begins:
Hospitals are increasingly willing to transplant vital and scarce organs into people who have HIV, a once-unthinkable step now made possible with drug regimens that are helping such patients live longer. 
Most procedures have involved kidneys and livers, but a small number of centers are transplanting hearts. 
The number of centers that reported doing a transplant on an HIV-positive patient rose in 2011 to at least 48 centers out of the 242 that perform transplants, up from 25 centers in 2005, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing, the nonprofit that manages the U.S. transplant system. The number may be higher because not all states permit hospitals to report information regarding HIV status.

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