AIDS Virus Transplant. AIDS is a deadly virus but what happens when a patient gets it from a transplant? That’s what happened to a patient in New York City.
Health officials are reporting that a patient was infected with the AIDS virus through a kidney transplant from a live donor.
They are calling it the first confirmed instance of HIV spreading through an organ transplant from a live donor since routine laboratory screening of donors began in the 1980s.
It happened in New York City in 2009, but New York City health officials said Thursday that they only learned of the case late last year.
The male donor had been tested for HIV about 10 weeks before he donated a kidney. Health officials believe he was infected in the time between that test and the surgery.
No other details about the donor or recipient were released. Health officials say both are alive and receiving HIV treatment.
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