Target: United States Congress
Goal: Praise Congress for no longer banning transplants of organs between HIV positive patients
The United States Congress recently passed HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act, which will allow patients with HIV to donate organs to other HIV positive patients. The HOPE Act will lift the ban set by the National Organ Transplant Act in 1988 during the AIDS epidemic that prohibited HIV positive organ donations. The lift of this ban will provide encouraging results the medical field and all types of patients.
Before the HOPE act, HIV patients could only receive organs from healthy donors – being allowed organs from HIV positive donors could limit their wait time immensely. This is also good news for HIV negative people waiting for organs because there will be less demand for healthy organs if HIV patients are getting HIV positive organs.
This is estimated to save up to 1,000 HIV patients suffering liver or kidney failure, the greatest causes of death among HIV patients. A bill that can save any lives is an achievement, and the Hope Act is certainly a positive achievement for the United States.
The HOPE Act is currently waiting on a signature from President Barack Obama and some more specific guidelines, but once that occurs, a stronger sense of hope will emerge and several lives will be saved or extended.
Please sign the petition below to thank the United States Congress for their progressive steps towards saving many lives.
Dear United States Congress,
It is uplifting to hear about the recent passage of the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act. As its name promises this act will provide hope to thousands of patients both HIV positive and negative who are in need of organ transplants. By expanding the organ donation options, wait times for all types of patients could be shortened.
Of all the potential acts, the kinds that save lives are the greatest achievements and we are proud that the United States is taking such positive and practical actions to save and extend the lives of many.
Thank you again for your hard work in passing the HOPE Act and we encourage you to continue to make such positive and progressive advancements.
[Your Name Here]
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