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.
I'm very sorry about your brother. It's one thing to contract a disease through risky behavior, it's another to do so trying to treat someone else.
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