HIV-positive kidney transplants for HIV-positive individuals: Attitudes and concerns of South African patients and health care workers
Results: The vast majority (90% of health care workers and 80% of patients, n=20 and 80 respectively) found transplant of HIV-infected organs to HIV-positive recipients an acceptable method for expanding the organ donor pool. This study found no significant difference between the groups of patients regarding whether they approved of using HIV-positive donors; HIV positive patients were willing to accept kidneys from HIV-infected family members, while HIV-negative patients were very unlikely to accept HIV-infected organs. Health care workers expressed concern about initiatives to expand the donor pool and educate patients concerning transplant eligibility.
Conclusion: These findings indicate broad patient and health care worker support for the use of HIV-infected donor kidneys for some types of renal patients.
Suzanne Gokool, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
June Fabian, Division of Nephrology, Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital, University of Witwatersrand
W D Francois Venter, Reproductive Health and HIV Research Unit, University of Witwatersrand
Catherine MacPhail, Reproductive Health and HIV Research Unit, University of Witwatersrand
Saraladevi Naicker, Division of Nephrology, Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital, University of Witwatersrand
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Date published: 2010-01-29
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