The transplantation of solid organs from HIV-positive donors to HIV-negative recipients: Ethical implications

Bram P. Wispelwey, Ari Z. Zivotofsky, Alan B. Jotkowitz

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Abstract

HIV-positive individuals have traditionally been barred from donating organs due to transmission concerns, but this barrier may soon be lifted in the USA in limited settings when recipients are also infected with HIV. Recipients of livers and kidneys with well-controlled HIV infection have been shown to have similar outcomes to those without HIV, erasing ethical concerns about poorly chosen beneficiaries of precious organs. But the question of whether HIV-negative patients should be disallowed from receiving an organ from an HIV-positive donor has not been adequately explored. In this essay, we will discuss the background to this scenario and the ethical implications of its adoption from the perspectives of autonomy, beneficence/non-maleficence and justice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)367-370
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Medical Ethics
Volume41
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Health Policy

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