Transplant cosmetic surgeon Dr. Peter Stock was recently prevented from giving a liver transplant to among his HIV-positive clients. The patient had someone who was also HIV-positive willing to contribute part of their liver.
We found out about two weeks ago that we weren’t able to do transplants from HIV-positive donors to HIV-positive receivers, Stock said.
Stock, who is based in San Francisco, was in Sacramento this week pressing legislators to change California state law to permit people infected with HIV to donate tissue to HIV-positive clients.
A federal law called the HOPE (HIV Organ Policy Equity) Act was checked in 2013 and enabled these transplants– but California law exceeded it.
We had no concept it was still a felony in California, stated Stock, who has patients on the transplant list who have prepared, living donors but he couldn’t perform the surgeries– previously.
On Friday, both houses of the California Legislature unanimously authorized SB 1408, which allows HIV donor to HIV patient transplants.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill, authored by Sen. Ben Allen, D-Santa Monica, into law later on in that afternoon.
I came out of the operating space, I pertained to my office and I heard this terrific news, Stock stated. The folks here in Sacramento did a great job.
Not everyone concurs with the brand-new law.
It may buy them a long time, but they’re going to get something else, stated Mark Bogdanowicz, a Sacramento male who contracted HIV while serving overseas more than 25 years back. Bogdanowicz stated he’s spent the last couple of years fighting health issue after health concern stemming from HIV. There’s no other way I ‘d want to quit my heart– or anything else– to have somebody go through exactly what I’ve gone through, Bogdanowicz stated. I believe you should let life take its course.
Stock stated the law will purchase valuable time for thousands of people in California, the state with the longest wait time for transplants in the whole nation.
Every opportunity we have to take someone off the list by supplying an organ is a big step forward, he said.