15 May 2015
New research, published in the American Journal of Transplantation, has looked into the viability of organs from donors who have been diagnosed as HIV positive. There is the potential that this could have an impact on the shortage of organs for transplants.
In nations like South Africa, HIV-infected individuals are a valuable source of organs for HIV-positive patients in need of kidney transplantation.
To see whether this could work elsewhere, Dr Emily Blumberg, of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and her colleagues explored how many potential donors could be added if HIV-positive people were included.
Looking specifically at Philadelphia, the team reviewed the records of HIV-infected patients who were analysed by six outpatient centers.
Dr Blumberg said: "If we extrapolated our results to estimate the national possibilities, nearly 400 potential organ donors might be available annually."
However, she said it's important to see how to "optimally use" this potential new source of donors.
Posted by Jeanette Royston
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