Implementation of the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act is moving forward thanks to a Department of Health and Human Services final rule issued last month. Previous federal regulations prevented organ donation from individuals known to be infected with HIV. Once fully implemented, the HOPE Act will allow organs from people with HIV to be transplanted into other individuals with HIV.HIVMA has been a leader in making this important step in equitable access to life-saving transplants possible, from issuing a policy statement in 2011 calling for a repeal of the federal ban on organ donations from people with HIV, to working with partners to get the law passed in 2013, to advocating for swift and effective implementation since enactment. Read the final rule, with background, here.
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