Johns Hopkins gets OK to undergo HIV-positive organ transplants


Johns Hopkins Medicine says it plans to perform the first kidney transplant between an HIV-positive donor and recipient in the U.S. and the first such liver transplant in the world.

The transplants could take place as soon as a suitable organ becomes available and a recipient is identified and prepared.

Dr. Dorry Segev is associate professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Segev estimates that more than 1,000 people could be saved each year with the donations of organs from 500 to 600 HIV-positive people.

The transplants are now possible because of the 2013 HOPE Act, which allowed HIV-positive individuals to donate organs.