Johns Hopkins performs first US organ transplants between HIV patients

Doctors at Johns Hopkins announced yesterday that they successfully performed the first organ transplants between HIV-positive patients in the United States. The liver and kidney, which were transplanted a few weeks ago, came from the same HIV-positive donor. The kidney went to a patient who suffers from hypertension and autoimmune problems, and has been HIV-positive for 30 years, CNN reports. The recipient, who’s already home, had been on dialysis and had been waiting for a kidney donation for years. The liver went to a person who suffers from hepatitis C and has been HIV-positive for more than 25 years. He’s expected to be released from the hospital in a few days.

More than 121,000 people are on the waiting list for organs in the US

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