It's one thing to contract a disease through risky behavior, it's another to do so trying to treat someone else.
To clarify from your ealier post, are you saying it is a sick person's past behavior that should determine their position on the waiting list, not the fact they have Hep C?
posted on 11/21/2003 2:20:21 PM PST
(Kill your television)
Absolutely. It's something that should, and is, taken into account when they are being screened.
For instance if a smoker is in need of a lung transplant but refuses to quit smoking that person would be turned down.
If someone engages in risky behavior, needle sharing etc. and as a result they contract Hep C then the fact is that even if they get an organ they may go right back to participating in the same behavior rendering the donated organ ultimately useless.
Meanwhile someone who had a congenital defect or caught Hep C through no fault of their own may have to continue to wait.
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