Research ban on HIV-positive organ transplants in Senators' crosshairs

The legislation that cleared the HELP panel Wednesday, known as HOPE Act, was sponsored by Sens. Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerAnother day, another dollar for retirement advice rip-offs Carly Fiorina 'certainly looking at' Virginia Senate run Top Obama adviser signs with Hollywood talent agency: report MORE (D-Calif.) and Tom CoburnTom CoburnFreedom Caucus saved Paul Ryan's job: GOP has promises to keep Don't be fooled: Carper and Norton don't fight for DC Coburn: Trump's tweets aren't presidential MORE (R-Okla.), and enjoys support from co-sponsors from both parties.

It would direct the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish a review process to evaluate the latest medical thinking on transplants from HIV-positive donors. If transplants between HIV-positive patients are deemed safe, the HHS Secretary would have authority to direct the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network to establish policies to begin the procedures.

“This legislation will allow sound science to explore organ exchanges between HIV-positive donors and HIV-positive recipient,” Coburn said. “If research shows positive results, HIV-positive patients will have an increased pool of donors.”

Allowing organ transplants between HIV-positive patients could add 500 to 600 people to the donor pool annually, potentially saving hundreds of lives annually, according to a study published in the American Journal of Transplantation.

Co-sponsors on the bill, which moves next to the full Senate, include Sens. Tammy BaldwinTammy BaldwinLawmakers talk climate for Earth Day, Science March Trump says he supports Dem ‘Buy America’ bill Picking 2018 candidates pits McConnell vs. GOP groups MORE (D-Wis.), Rand PaulRand PaulWe can put America first by preventing public health disasters Conservative activists want action from Trump McConnell: 'Big challenge' to pass ObamaCare repeal in Senate MORE (R-Ky.), Michael Enzi (R-Wyo.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren builds her brand with 2020 down the road Warren: Trump 'all talk' on Wall Street Dem senators ask Bannon for more info about Breitbart contact MORE (D-Mass.), Richard BurrRichard BurrFive questions for the House's new Russia investigator Why an independent counsel is necessary in an election probe Senators aim to extend federal conservation fund MORE (R-N.C.) and Mark KirkMark KirkThe way forward on the Iran nuclear deal under President Trump ObamaCare repeal bill would defund Planned Parenthood Leaked ObamaCare bill would defund Planned Parenthood MORE (R-Ill.)

It also has the backing of the American Medical Association, and more than a dozen other medical and advocacy groups.