Congress to consider HIV organ donations

11/11/2013 | Hill, The

The House is expected to consider this week the bipartisan bill S. 330 or the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act, which would lift the ban on organ donations from HIV-positive patients. The bill's approval would mean changes to the Organ Transplant Amendments Act of 1988 which ensures organs from HIV patients are not given to non-HIV recipients. The HOPE Act would allow the HHS and the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network to develop procedures on HIV-positive organ transplantation if results of related research prove it possible. The bill would be considered a suspension bill, which means that it will need only a two-thirds vote for passage.

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