Well, surprisingly (to me anyway!) the answer to your question is YES.
" On Feb. 4, (2001) Harvard University biostatistician Robert Zackin
got a heart transplant. After enduring the wait for a lifesaving
organ, he became one of only three HIV-positive patients to receive
such an operation since 1996. Zackin's heart problems had multiple
causes, the most devastating being long-term chemotherapy for Kaposi's
sarcoma. "I was quite sure that I was not eligible for a transplant
because of my HIV status," the 38- year-old research scientist said."
And it looks like more are in the works:
" To research the efficacy of transplants on patients with HIV, the
University of California-San Francisco is performing a study that
seeks to enroll 75 HIV positive liver transplant patients over three
years in the first phase, and 300 liver, kidney and heart transplant
patients in the next phase."
(Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report. August 19, 2001.)
And this from the UK:
More HIV-positive patients may be receiving transplants
" Of the thousands of transplant surgeries performed each year, the
United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) reported only 94 being
performed on HIV-positive patients between 1988 and 2000."
The answer surprised me because everything I read led me to believe
that positive HIV status eliminates a person from consideration for a
According to The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute
Patients under age 60 are the most likely heart transplant
candidates... patients must be suffering from end-stage disease and be
in good health otherwise. .. Patients who have ... other severe
diseases, active infections, or severe obesity--are not good
candidates for a transplant.
Harvard Medical School -
In order to be admitted into a heart transplantation program, you must
meet certain criteria... Medical problems that can disqualify a
potential candidate include significant kidney disease, HIV, pneumonia
or another active infection, cancer, a history of stroke or
significant circulatory problems affecting the brain and severe
CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR HEART AND HEART-LUNG TRANSPLANTATION .. HIV
positive status "
I hope this has answered your question. I'm glad you asked it as I
learned something new in the course of my research.
Please feel free to ask for clarification if necessary.
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