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To: Willie Green
Important points: 1. Is Hepatitis C eradicated from the body after a liver transplantation? If not, what are the chances of the transplanted liver being ruined by the Hepatitis? 2. HIV patients are usually on multi-drug "cocktails"; are these meds toxic to the liver? If so, then that would shorten the survival of the transplanted liver 3. What stage of HIV is he in; if he is in the later stages, then a "triage" decision must be made to defer the organ to someone who does not have a disease that would shorten that recipient's lifespan (in my humble opinion). 4.; There is a shortage of donor organs, thus a moral decision will probably enter into the equation (giving the organ to a person who has a liver condition that is genetic or congenital as opposed to someone who has liver disease as a result of behavioral choices.

My guess would be that he received the diseases via either a blood transfusion, or through drug abuse. Hep C is not commonly transmitted sexually.

22 posted on 11/21/2003 1:17:39 PM PST by Born Conservative ("Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names" - John F. Kennedy)
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To: Born Conservative
1. hepC is NOT eradicated by a transplant, and eventually the transplant probably will be damaged or destroyed by it. That said, understand that hepC is the MOST FREQUENT REASON for a liver transplant.

2. and 3. I have no answer.

We clearly need to define new priorities for organ access. While no usable organs should go to waste, prisoners and illegal aliens shold be moved way down the list, subject to the specific wishes of the donor or donor family. Tissue match, health, and physical condition are primary, of course. But long term survival is a reasonable issue, and HIV has to be part of that.

The recent case of a death row prisoner receiving a heart is a travesty. Some real, honest, lawful citizen died for that.
32 posted on 11/21/2003 1:55:27 PM PST by MainFrame65
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