HIV-Positive to HIV-Positive Transplants

Christine Durand, M.D. and previous liver recipient Morris Murray

After receiving approval from the United Network for Organ Sharing to be the first hospital in the United States to perform HIV-positive to HIV-positive organ transplants, Johns Hopkins did just that, becoming the first in the world to execute an HIV-positive to HIV-positive liver transplant and the first in the United States to do an HIV-positive to HIV-positive kidney transplant.

A multidisciplinary team from Johns Hopkins Medicine jumped at the opportunity to perform the surgeries as soon as suitable organs and recipients became available. There are approximately 122,000 people on the transplant waiting list in the United States at any given time. Thousands die each year, many of whom might have lived had they gotten the organ they needed. With the passage of the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act of 2013 and the recent approval from the United Network for Organ Sharing, HIV-positive patients could have a second chance at life.

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She was a daughter, a mother, an auntie, best friend and sister! She was able to leave this world helping those underdogs she fought so hard for. Our family was fortunate to have had her for the time we did and blessed she is able to continue on within our hearts and the souls of so many she is able to help!

- Family members of the anonymous liver donor