RadioOnFire.com - For the first time in history, an HIV-positive organ recipient received a kidney from an HIV-positive donor. In the landmark kidney transplant procedure conducted at Johns Hopkins Medicine, Nina Martinez became the first living HIV-positive donor to donate an organ to another HIV-positive recipient.
The 36-year-old has been living with HIV since she 6-weeks old in 1983 as a result of a botched blood transfusion. However, Martinez has endured through the disease, telling CNN "I really want people to reconsider what living with HIV means, [...] If anyone is proof that you can live a lifetime with HIV, that is myself. I've been living with HIV for 35 years -- pretty much the length of the epidemic in the United States."