World’s First HIV-Positive-to-HIV-Positive Heart Transplant Performed at New York Hospital

A New York City hospital performed the world’s first HIV-positive to HIV-positive heart transplant.

The patient, a woman in her 60s, had advanced heart failure and received the donation along with a concurrent kidney transplant in the spring at Montefiore Health System in the Bronx, according to a press release.

dr Ulrich P. Jorde from the Department of Cardiology in Montefiore and Professor of Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine described the procedure as a “milestone in the history of organ donation”.

“Thanks to significant medical advances, people living with HIV are able to control the disease so well that they can now save the lives of others living with the disease,” Jorde said in a statement.

The woman spent five weeks recovering in hospital after the four-hour operation. She is being monitored by her transplant doctors in Montefiore.

As recently as 2013, the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act allowed people living with the disease to donate their organs to an HIV-positive recipient.

According to the press release, Montefiore is one of 25 centers in the United States authorized to offer the procedure after meeting surgical benchmarks and outcomes set by the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network.

“This was a complicated case and a true multidisciplinary effort of cardiology, surgery, nephrology, infectious diseases, critical care and immunology,” said Dr. Omar Saeed, the woman’s cardiologist.

“By making this option available to people living with HIV, the donor pool expands and means more people, with or without HIV, will have faster access to a life-saving organ,” Saeed said. “To say we’re proud of what this means for our patients and the medical community at large is an understatement.” World’s First HIV-Positive-to-HIV-Positive Heart Transplant Performed at New York Hospital

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