California lawmakers approve bill allowing HIV-positive organ transplants


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California’s state government moved with a quickness Friday that may save a life by approving a bill allowing HIV-positive people to donate organs.

Both houses of the California legislature approved a bill that will allow an HIV-positive person to donate a liver to an HIV-positive patient in need, the L.A. Times reports.

California Gov. Jerry Brown announced through a spokesperson that he would sign the bill as soon as it reaches his desk after lawmakers managed to get both houses to vote to allow the surgery in less than an hour.

“Right now there is a felony associated with that donation,” State Sen. Ben Allen after introducing the bill for a vote. “We can save a life this month.”

Senate Bill 1408 was written this week after Dr. Peter Stock met with lawmakers about a patient requiring a liver transplant he could not perform, despite…

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