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Can I catch a serious disease like aids if I get a kidney transplant?

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Dr. Amy Friedman
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In brief: Yes, but risk is low

All transplanted organs come from human beings and can transmit infectious disease or cancer.
To prevent unintentional passage of a new disease with the organ, careful laboratory testing, behavioral screening of donors, and visual assessment of the organ (by the surgeon) are combined. If there is extra risk because of 1 or more factors, the team usually reviews the information pre-txp with you.

In brief: Yes, but risk is low

All transplanted organs come from human beings and can transmit infectious disease or cancer.
To prevent unintentional passage of a new disease with the organ, careful laboratory testing, behavioral screening of donors, and visual assessment of the organ (by the surgeon) are combined. If there is extra risk because of 1 or more factors, the team usually reviews the information pre-txp with you.
Dr. Amy Friedman
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In brief: Good Question

Organ donors, whether from a deceased or a living donor are screened for infectious diseases that can be transmitted to the recipient.
The ones that are particularly vexing are hepatitis b and c and hiv. The chance is extremely low, 1 in thousands (like car crash mortality). The risk is not zero because a donor may become infected in a window period, before the tests turn positive.

In brief: Good Question

Organ donors, whether from a deceased or a living donor are screened for infectious diseases that can be transmitted to the recipient.
The ones that are particularly vexing are hepatitis b and c and hiv. The chance is extremely low, 1 in thousands (like car crash mortality). The risk is not zero because a donor may become infected in a window period, before the tests turn positive.
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