Taiwan may begin allowing HIV-positive organ transplants next year

Taiwan News
Date: 2018/12/30
By:  Central News Agency

A representative says lifting restrictions will help save more lives (Global Panorama/Flickr)

TAIPEI (CNA) — Taiwan may begin allowing HIV-positive individuals to donate organs to HIV-positive patients sometime next year, Taiwan Organ Registry and Sharing Center Chairman Lee Po-chang (李伯璋) said Friday, hoping that the necessary legislation will be passed.

In May, the Legislative Yuan passed an amendment to the HIV Infection Control and Patient Rights Protection Act that gave HIV-positive patients the choice to give their consent to receiving organs from a donor with HIV.

Before the HIV-positive organ transplants can become reality, however, the Regulation Governing the Transplantation and Allocation of Human Organs and another rule pertaining to the donor and recipient still need to be revised, according to Lee.

There are currently five HIV-positive patients on the waiting list for organs. Two of them need liver transplants, two need lungs, and the other needs a cornea, he said.

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