John Hopkins performs first living HIV+ kidney transplant

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BALTIMORE (WIAT) — Doctors at Johns Hopkins performed the first kidney transplant to an HIV+ recipient from a living HIV+ donor Monday. The donor is 36-year-old Nina Martinez of Atlanta, Georgia. She acquired HIV from a transfusion in 1983 when she was just six weeks old. 

HIV+ organ transplants were not allowed at all until 2013 because both the virus and the drugs used to control it can damage kidneys.  Since the transplants became legal, about 100 have been performed, but all the donor kidneys came from deceased patients until now. 

Both Martinez and the recipient are both recovering well.

To learn more about John Hopkins and their history with HIV positive to positive transplants, click here.

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