The new law, sponsored by state Rep. Larry McKeon (D-Chicago), allows the organs of an HIV-positive donor to be transplanted into others who are also infected with the disease. It takes effect immediately.
Today I am signing landmark legislation that we believe will enable people with HIV to live longer, healthier, more productive lives, said Blagojevich. As we learn more about HIV and AIDS, and the medications used to manage the disease, we need to be willing to explore new ways to treat and care for those with the devastating illness.
While there are other states that have begun to look into organ transplants from HIV-positive donors,
Like many other states,
This law will provide a safe and effective approach for expanding the organ donor pool and allow patients with HIV to receive organs that would ordinarily be discarded. In addition to allowing HIV-positive patients to be transplanted sooner, this amendment would free up non-HIV-positive organs for other patients. It just makes social and scientific sense, and I applaud the governor for signing it into law, said Dr. Patrick Lynch, a hepatologist at
McKeon applauded the governor for signing HB 3857. This historic legislation will not only save lives but prolong those lives as well, he said. I commend Gov. Blagojevich for his assistance in making this legislation law. Its the first of its kind in the nation and I anticipate that many states will use this legislation as a model.
The state has recorded a total of 31,082 cases of AIDS since 1981 and, of those diagnosed with the disease, 16,725, or 54 percent have died. Another 11,938 Illinoisans have tested positive for HIV since
My administration remains committed to assisting those with HIV/AIDS. Organ transplants will now become another weapon in our war against this disease, said Blagojevich.
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