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Nov 21, 2013 4:51 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

President Obama signs Capps' transplant bill into law

President Obama signed a bill on Thursday that was written by Representative Lois Capps.

The HOPE Act replaces an old policy that banned HIV-positive organs from being used for any purpose, including research.

With the HOPE act, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services will develop criteria for how to conduct research relating to organ transplants from donors and to patients who are already HIV-positive. The department will also review the results of that research to determine whether or not those types of transplants should become the standard of care for HIV-positive patients.

A study published in the American Journal of Transplantation found allowing HIV-positive organ donation to HIV-positive transplant patients could save hundreds of lives each year.

Capps worked with Senator Barbara Boxer and Senator Tom Coburn to the bill passed. Representative Andy Harris co-led the bill.

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