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doctors at Johns Hopkins University announcing Wednesday they performed the first ever liver and kidney transplant in the U. S. , between donors and patients both infected with HIV I think a very exciting day for us to be able to transplant patients with HIV but it's really only the beginning , and that allowing those donations could save more than a thousand people , just because they were in fact , until twenty thirteen organs from HIV positive donors were banned from transplant surgery , the same time HIV positive recipients were less likely to get a transplant because of their perceived short lifespan patient would have remained on the wait list for years without an organ opera but because of their , that piece was able to receive an organ , now that the virus is considered a treatable chronic disease rather than a death sentence , and when today's breakthrough could help make a dent in the nation's transplant waiting list , it currently has more than one hundred and twenty thousand people on it now instead of having a very high risk of death on the waiting list every potential HIV positive Downer is