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HIV-Positive to HIV-Positive Transplants

Dr. Christine Durand and Morris MurrayChristine Durand, M.D. and previous liver recipient Morris Murray during the HIV-positive to HIV-positive transplant media briefing.

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. Read the full media advisory.

Learn more about kidney transpantsliver transplants, and how you can donate life

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

HIV-Positive to HIV-Positive Transplant Media Briefing

HIV-to-HIV Transplant Media Briefing

Recording of live media briefing announcing the first HIV-to-HIV liver transplant in the world and the first HIV-to-HIV kidney transplant in the U.S. Panelists include Dorry Segev, M.D., Ph.D., Christine Durand, M.D., Morris Murray and Alexandra Glazier.

Interview with Dorry Segev, M.D., Ph.D.

HIV-Positive Transplant Breakthrough | Interview with Dorry Segev, M.D., Ph.D.

Johns Hopkins surgeons are the first in the nation to complete an HIV-positive kidney transplant and the first in the world to execute an HIV-positive liver transplant. Elizabeth Tracey, director of electronic media at Johns Hopkins Medicine, gets the backstory from Dorry Segev, M.D., Ph.D., the surgeon who helped draft the 2013 HOPE Act, which was signed in 2013 and made it possible for HIV-positive individuals to donate organs.

National Coverage


New Source Of Transplant Organs For Patients With HIV: Others With HIV


In a first, HIV-positive donor's kidney, liver given to HIV-positive patients

Los Angeles Times

In a first, liver and kidney from HIV-infected donor are transplanted into HIV-positive patients 

ABC News

First Liver Transplant Between HIV-Positive Donor and Recipient Marks Milestone for HIV Patients


First Transplant from HIV-Positive Donor Performed in U.S.


World's first transplant of HIV-positive liver a success, doctors say

Baltimore Sun

Johns Hopkins performs first transplants between donors recipients infected with HIV

Daily Mail

World's first ever HIV-positive to HIV-positive liver transplant has taken place in US, surgeons reveal

CBC News

HIV-positive organ transplanted in U.S.

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