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Deceased Iowa teen’s eye donation rejected because he was gay

| Thursday, August 14, 2014
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PLEASANT HILL, Iowa — Months before taking his own life last year, Alexander (AJ) Betts, a 16-year-old teen from Iowa, volunteered to become an organ donor. But a Food and Drug Administration policy which prohibits men who have sex with men from donating tissue, has barred Betts from fulfilling one of his final wishes, because he was gay.

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Obama signs bill lifting research ban on HIV organ transplants

| Thursday, November 21, 2013
Evan Vucci, APPresident Barack Obama speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, after signing S. 330: the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act. From left are, Dr. Peter Stock, president-elect of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, Rep. Lois Capps, D-Calif., Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif. and Dr. Dan Salomon, president of the American Society of Transplantation.
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has lifted a ban on research into the possibility of transplanting organs from one HIV-positive person to another.

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Bill lifting ban on HIV organ donation heads to Obama for signature

| Wednesday, November 13, 2013
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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday approved legislation that lifts the federal ban on the donation of HIV-positive organs to HIV-positive recipients.

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