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A hospital in Birmingham has successfully completed two liver transplants from HIV positive patients to other patients also living with HIV

In pioneering procedures two liver transplants were conducted at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, transplanting the livers from deceased HIV positive  donors to HIV positive recipients.

A spokeswoman for the Queen Elizabeth said:

“Successful organ donations from those with HIV infection are now possible thanks to the improvements in the management and treatment of HIV.

“Not all the organs of those with HIV infection can be safely used; we need to be sure that the infection that will be transmitted with the organ can be effectively treated.

“Everyone, after their death, has the option to save other people’s lives through organ donation. The fact someone has HIV or any other health condition should not stop them from registering as a donor.”

Allowing people living with HIV to donate their organs to other people living with HIV will allow the existing supply of non-HIV infected organs to go further, say experts. Bringing hope to thousands of people on the waiting lists.

Professor John Forsythe, Assoc Medical Director for organ donation and transplantation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said:

“This will help to reduce the shortage of donor organs.”

“On average three people a day die in need of a transplant.

“While organ transplants from donors with HIV are limited to recipients with HIV infection, innovations like this open up the possibility of donation where it did not previously exist and will help to reduce the shortage of donor organs.”

Deborah Gold, Chief Executive of the National AIDS Trust (NAT), said this was:

“Brilliant news for everyone on the organ waiting list. Hundreds died while waiting for an organ last year so the more organs available, the more lives saved – not just people with HIV.”

 

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