The idea that HIV positive organ donors has been dismissed until now. This attitude is currently under discussion (Journal Medical Ethics 41; 367-370,2015), with the news that this legal barrier could be lifted in the United States, should the potential recipients also be HIV-positive, since in donors with very low viral loads, transplant outcomes are usually similar to those in HIV-negative donors. It can therefore be concluded that there are no medical reasons for rejecting these types of donations, in view of the current need for organ donors.
HIV positive organ donors. Our ethics comment
Nevertheless, we ask ourselves if, faced with only a small percentage of HIV-positive donors compared to uninfected donors, is it reasonable to assume a risk that can easily be avoided?
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