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US HIV patients want right to HIV organ transplants

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  1. Jock S. Trap 11 Apr 2011, 4:31pm

    Organ donation is a sensitive, emotional subject at the best of times so this plan is very much welcome if it helps others health improve with help to live a longer life.

    To allow this would help with the shortages of organs so only positive can come from this.

  2. This doesn’t make sense. If HIV people usually have weak immune system, wouldn’t they become even weaker because of the immuno-suppressant drugs that donor recipients have to take.

    Oh well, if doctors can find a way around it, I’m all for it!

    1. Jock S. Trap 12 Apr 2011, 8:23am

      Most people like myself have our immune sysytem boosted by the medication. Although I sent 8 years medication free so I see what your saying but in most cases HIV patients should be able to cope with this kind of transplant.

      I certainly would like to know if there would be such plans here in the UK. It could save many more lives and I would certainly consider being a donor.

  3. It annoys me that more people don’t register for organ donation. It’s so selfish. If you became ill, you’d want a transplant. I think only people who register for organ donation (or try before being refused) should be eligible to receive organ donations.

    1. Jock S. Trap 12 Apr 2011, 2:55pm

      I don’t think its selfish, it’s just personal preference. Of course fear and lack of understanding is the main problem. I don’t believe we can deny people an organ but I prehaps think an opt out scheme would be better than the current one.

      Having known a couple of people who’ve had organ transplants and the new life it gives I do feel more should be stressed in the strongest terms exactly what a donated organ means. Too many people think they should be entitled. I’ve been sickened when I hear of a young life ruined through drink, for example, dying but still drink and the family demand a liver. The guidelines are there for a reason and one of those reasons is the family of the son, daughter, mother, father etc donating. They died and alllow donation to help another life so whilst I do feel sympathy to the family of the dying person there has to be the right rules to make sure who has that Extra-ordinary Gift is capable of looking after it.

    2. Jock S. Trap 12 Apr 2011, 3:00pm

      I think too often people feel they are entitled to such procedures without think when those organ came from and what they mean.

      I admit, I was never sure if I could donate and obviously with HIV that creates a problems but hearing about this story I feel that maybe if the UK adopted that same here I think I would. It would open up an avenue esp when HIV can end up problematic on the liver and the kidneys mainly because of the medication. I believe it would slightly improve thoses waiting for organs and make a difference.

      Of course they’d have to ensure they didn’t mix the strains of HIV but I would support and be a part of this scheme. So I hope it can be put in place here.

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