Thanks Congress for Giving Hope to HIV-Positive Americans in Need of Organ Transplants
Washington, DC – On Tuesday, the House of Representatives passed the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act, which would update outdated regulations banning HIV-positive organ donation and allow individuals living with HIV to receive organs from other HIV-positive donors. Passed by the Senate in June, the law now heads to the White House where President Obama is expected to sign it.
“While many are disheartened by the persistent partisan gridlock plaguing Washington, yesterday’s bipartisan vote was a pleasant reminder that common-sense governance is still possible,” said National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) Director of Legislative and Public Affairs Kali Lindsey. “By reforming outdated policies banning all HIV-positive organ donations, Congress has provided hope not only to the thousands of people living with HIV in desperate need of a transplant, but also HIV-negative individuals who will benefit from the decrease in demand for un-infected organs.”
“NMAC applauds Congress for taking action on this important piece of legislation,” added Lindsey. “In particular, we thank Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Tom Coburn (R-OK), as well as Representatives Michael Burgess (R-TX), Lois Capps (D-CA), and Andy Harris (R-MD), whose bipartisan leadership was critical to the law’s passage. Their efforts are a sign that Republicans and Democrats can still work together for the good of our nation and its citizens.”
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