Draft bill amendment to allow HIV-infected to donate organs

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/11/24
By: Tai Ya-chen and Lilian Wu

Taipei, Nov. 24 (CNA) Individuals infected with HIV will be able to donate their organs to each other

File photo courtesy of the Hualien Hospital

File photo courtesy of the Hualien Hospital

under a draft amendment passed on Thursday during an Executive Yuan meeting.

Cabinet spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) said after the meeting that under the existing law — the HIV Infection Control and Patient Rights Protection Act — people infected with HIV are prohibited from donating organs in order to help prevent the spread of AIDS.

But providing the Legislature passes the draft amendment, recipients who are also infected with HIV can accept donated organs from other infected people.

The Ministry of Health and Welfare said that it has worked out the amendment in consideration of the needs of individuals infected with HIV.    [FULL  STORY]

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