The signing of the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act, is a federal law that Johns Hopkins surgeon Dorry Segev championed. It reversed a 1988 law forbidding the transplant of organs from people with HIV.
Nina Martinez, 30 at the time, watched for developments in HOPE research. “I was hooked on the idea that I could become a living kidney donor,” she wrote in a January 2019 first-person account in Positively Aware. A few years later, she would be the nation's first.
Early on March 25, surgeon Dorry Segev removed one of Martinez’s kidneys. Later that day, surgeon Niraj Desai transplanted it into a person also living with HIV.
Read more about Nina's Story: The Organ Donor, the Surgeon and a U.S. First for People Living with HIV