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October-November 2013
Policy and Advocacy
President Obama Signs HOPE (HIV Organ Policy Equity) Act Into Law

President Barack Obama signs S. 330: HIV Organ Policy Equity Act during a signing ceremony in the Oval Office, Nov. 21, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

The HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act was passed by voice vote by the House of Representatives on November 12 and signed into law by the President on November 21. This issue was brought to HIVMA’s attention in 2010 by Dr. Dorry Segev, a transplant surgeon at Johns Hopkins. HIVMA, through Policy Officer Kim Miller, played a lead role in forming the coalition of medical and patient advocacy groups that successfully shepherded the policy proposal through the legislative process.

Under the new law, the Secretary is charged with issuing regulations to conduct research related to the transplantation of organs from deceased donors with HIV into patients with HIV infection within two years of enactment. In 2017 (four years after enactment), the Secretary is required to review the scientific research findings with the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network to determine if a policy change should be made with regard to HIV-infected organ donation for HIV-infected donor recipients with strong safeguards for ensuring the safety of organ transplantation.

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