Here is a current topic in news.
In 1984 the National Organ Transplant Act established a system that would allow for a a fair a trustworthy source for organ donations. Within the guidelines of NOTA, HIV/AID infected organs were not to be accepted. While this was not done out of prejudice, it was done to prevent further spreading of HIV/AID.
Today, a new push has been made to allow HIV/AID infected organs to be used for patients who have the acquired immune deficiency syndrome.
In order for that to happen there would need to be a change made to NOTA.
Those supporting the change claim that it will cut the list of patients on the wait-list in half.
Others are hesitant to move too quickly. Not wanting to allow for the risk of mixing organ donations.
Below are some links to articles on the issue.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Jessica Rodenbeck is a member of the
ServiceCorps Scholarship Program at IUPUI
Major: Pre-Dental Biology
IUPUI students recognize Jags in the Streets as a resource that provides service opportunities on or around campus. For those organizing the monthly service events being a part of the ServiceCorps program gives them another reason to delve into social issues.
Jessica Rodenbeck decided to educate herself and her peers within the ServiceCorps program on a social issue that has recently been brought to her attention.
“I participated in IUPUI's World AIDS Day events and realized there was a lot I did not know about the topic,” She said in an e-mail.
This past Friday the ServiceCorps volunteered at the Damien Center, an organization whose mission is "to care for those affected and infected with HIV/AIDS."
Traci Johnson is an AmeriCorps volunteer and the Volunteer Coordinator at the Damien Center. She worked with Rodenbeck on coordinating the service event.
There was a library of “a bajillion books” that Johnson needed help moving from the basement to the main floor.
“They helped organize the books so we could move them upstairs,” she said.
What Johnson enjoys most about her job is seeing people speak out about HIV prevention. Jessica also wanted to be educated so that she could use her knowledge base to educate others.
“HIV/AIDS is considered a sexually transmitted disease, it is automatically assumed by many that one contracts it through sexual contact, even though there are many other ways for contraction, including blood donation, etc.,” Rodenbeck said.
Children can also be infected through their parents, making it a disease they contracted by no choice of their own.
Rodenbeck: “Throughout history there have been many children kept from school…just because they were infected with HIV. Now that the virus and disease is more understood, people affected can live very close to a normal lifestyle.”