Transplant Recipient Fights For Repeal of HIV Positive Transplant Ban

Posted on June 18th, 2012 by

We first introduced you to Sherbert and his partner Charles Tripp in March. As Sherbert waited for a transplant at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, Tripp, a would-be donor match who is also HIV positive, fought to change a federal  law from the 1980's preventing HIV positive organ donation…Although HIV positive patients can receive organ transplants, they can't donate. While he researched and lobbied for a way to get Sherbert the liver he needed sooner, the call from a healthy donor finally came. "Next thing I know I woke up and I have a new liver," Sherbert said. "I'm ever grateful to whoever it was."


First Coast News by Erin Hawley

Tags: First Coast News, HIV-positive, Legal / Leadership, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, organ donation, Transplant

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