Statement by the President on the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
November 21, 2013 - Earlier today, I signed into law the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act, a bipartisan piece of legislation
that allows scientists to carry out research into organ donations from one person with HIV to another. For decades, these organ
transplants have been illegal. It was even illegal to study whether they could be safe and effective. But as our
understanding of HIV and effective treatments have grown, that policy has become outdated. The potential
for successful organ transplants between people living with HIV has become more of a possibility. The
HOPE Act lifts the research ban, and, in time, it could lead to live-saving organ donations for
people living with HIV while ensuring the safety of the organ transplant process and
strengthening the national supply of organs for all who need them.
Improving care for people living with HIV is critical to fighting the epidemic, and it's a key goal of my National
HIV/AIDS Strategy. The HOPE Act marks an important step in the right direction, and I thank Congress for their action.
Source: The White House
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