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Kidneys Transplanted Between HIV-Infected Patients

ATLANTA (AP) - South African surgeons say they've successfully transplanted kidneys between donors and patients who were both infected with the AIDS virus.

It's a medical first that has some U.S. doctors buzzing about whether it could be tried here. The United States now bans transplants from HIV-infected donors out of fear they will spread
the AIDS virus to recipients.

The first four South Africa transplants done in 2008 are described in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine. Since then, five more have been done at the same Cape Town hospital.

It could be difficult to transfer the practice to the U.S. because there are more drug-resistant strains of HIV here. Doctors worry about giving someone a more drug resistant and dangerous strain.
      

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