California Governor Jerry Brown quickly signed a just-passed bill into law on Friday that allows organs to be transplanted between HIV-positive donors and HIV-positive recipients.
The number of people in need of organ transplants is bigger than the number of healthy organs available.
This change in the law could save the lives of hundreds of HIV-positive patients each year and shorten the waiting list for individuals awaiting transplants, according to Equality California which co-sponsored the bill with AIDS Project Los Angeles, the Los Angeles LGBT Center, and Positive Women’s Network-USA.
‘We thank Governor Brown for acting so quickly to sign this bill,’ said Rick Zbur, Equality California’s executive director.
‘Dozens of HIV-positive people in California are currently wait-listed for an organ transplant, so this bill will save lives in a very real and immediate sense. This is the first step in what we hope will be a number of measures to modernize California’s antiquated laws that harm and stigmatize people living with HIV.’
The bill was authored by Senator Ben Allen, a Democrat from Santa Monica.
‘These lifesaving surgeries have been proven safe and are now allowable under federal law,’ said Allen.
‘There is no reason for state law to maintain an antiquated prohibition on organ donation by HIV-positive person