Friday, March 18, 2011

Health News: HIV/AIDS & a Kidney Transplant

In the fight against the spread of HIV/AIDS, a male, kidney recipient was contracted with HIV from the kidney of his donor. This is first case where a kidney recipient has been contracted with HIV from a live donor. Unfortunately, neither the donor nor the recipient knew they were living with HIV one year after surgery. Can you imagine this happening to you or a family member?

Although live organ donors are tested for infectious diseases such as hepatitis and HIV, when they go for these tests are not regulated. This begs the question, what are health officials doing to make sure this NEVER happens again? In response, to this the state Health Department has recommended that live organ donors undergo a second round of blood tests within a 14-day period before the transplant operation.

Unfortunately, it takes tragedies like this one to occur before policies are implemented and regulated to protect the health status of individuals.

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