Patient Gets HIV From Kidney Transplant
Donor had unsafe sex after testing
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 17, 2011 9:03 AM CDT
A kidney recipient got HIV from a transplant.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – The New York City recipient of a kidney from a live donor has contracted HIV from the transplant, the Wall Street Journal reports. It marks the first time the virus has been transmitted from a live donor since 1985, when a powerful test was approved to screen donors. The donor was tested according to protocol, but appears to have had unsafe sex after the screening, said a spokeswoman for the New York health department.

The hospital hasn’t been identified to protect the patient’s privacy. “Of course this is a rare case, but we felt like we needed to alert centers to this possibility so they can talk to potential donors about risks and do testing closer to the time of surgery,” said the rep for the health department, which is now calling on hospitals to run tests for HIV and hepatitis B and C within 14 days before the donation.

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Mar 17, 2011 12:32 PM CDT
I'm frankly surprised that we ever found out that this had happened.
Mar 17, 2011 10:10 AM CDT
If I had the choice of Death versus HIV. I would take HIV.. But the real problem is Availability of donors. The rules needs to be reversed. Every person should be required to be a donor unless you opt out for a good reason. The flood of available organs would satisfy the need, Then the rush to Knock some dying person off for the liver would be less.
Mar 17, 2011 10:08 AM CDT
My suggestion is - know and trust your donor. Also, people, stop fucking yourselves to death. Use protection, or better yet, stop being such a slut.