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HIV-positive kidney donors are helping to save more lives

from New York Daily News

More than 90,000 Americans are currently on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) waiting list for a kidney transplant, and there aren't nearly enough donor organs to go around. In New York State, the wait for a donor kidney is upward of seven years. It is estimated that there could be as many as 2,000 HIV-positive donors in the United States — donors whose organs previously were not pursued because it was illegal. Now, thanks to the passing of the Hope Act, many of these donors will be able to donate and save lives. We expect that this change in policy will bring about the largest increase to the pool of donor organs in the past 20 years. more

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