Johns Hopkins Medicine is holding a news conference on the first-ever HIV-to-HIV liver transplant
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine say a new study of more than 1,000 incompatible kidney transplants demonstrates that, despite immunologic challenges, transplanting across human leukocyte antigen (HLA) antibodies may be a significantly better long-term survival option than waiting years for a compatible donor.
Johns Hopkins recently received approval from the United Network for Organ Sharing to be the first hospital in the U.S. to perform HIV-positive to HIV-positive organ transplants. The institution will be the first in the nation to do an HIV-positive to HIV-positive kidney transplant and the first in the world to execute an HIV-positive to HIV-positive liver transplant.
Year-old changes to the system that distributes deceased donor kidneys nationwide have significantly boosted transplantation rates for black and Hispanic patients on waiting lists, reducing racial disparities inherent in the previous allocation formula used for decades, according to results of research led by a Johns Hopkins transplant surgeon.