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Ethical Implications of an Amendment to the National Organ Transplant Act of 1984 (NOTA), to Allow Solid Organ Donation Between HIV- Positive Patients

Title: Ethical Implications of an Amendment to the National Organ Transplant Act of 1984 (NOTA), to Allow Solid Organ Donation Between HIV- Positive Patients.
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Name(s): Rivera, Alexa, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2013
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Due to the National Organ Transplant Act of 1984 (NOTA), in the United States it is illegal to perform solid organ donation between HIV-positive patients. If NOTA was amended it would provide organs, such as kidneys, to HIV- positive patients and help to alleviate some of the stress on the current organ transplant waiting list. The arguments not in favor of an amendment include that it is a risky procedure for the HIV- positive patients and for others involved in the procedure, such as surgeons and the surgical team. The response to this argument is that solid organ donation should be legalized and not banned due to the potential risks. The patients and surgical staff that would be participating in organ transplant between HIV- positive patients would knowingly assume certain risks. With the ban on this procedure the autonomy of HIV-patients is not being considered. HIV- positive patients should make the decision on whether or not they want to undergo this potentially lifesaving procedure and it should not be at the discretion of the government.
Identifier: FSU_migr_phi2630-0004 (IID)
Keywords: Organ donation, HIV, National Organ Transplant Act of 1984 (NOTA)
Note: © 2013, Alexa Rivera
Subject(s): Political ethics
Philosophy
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_phi2630-0004
Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Honors Ethical Issues and Life Choices (PHI2630).

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Rivera, A. (2013). Ethical Implications of an Amendment to the National Organ Transplant Act of 1984 (NOTA), to Allow Solid Organ Donation Between HIV- Positive Patients. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_phi2630-0004