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AIDS activist, playwright Larry Kramer gets liver transplant at UPMC.

After a 7 months wait on the transplant waiting list, renowned playwright, novelist, and AIDS activist Larry Kramer received a liver transplant at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) on December 21. Kramer was released from UPMC on January 2 but will remain in Pittsburgh for several weeks so physicians can monitor his condition until he is well enough to return to his home in New York.

Kramer, 66, who needed the transplant because of end-stage liver failure caused by hepatitis B, was the 10th patient with HIV to be transplanted at UPMC since 1997. (Transplant News, September 18, 2001)

"Our experience with liver transplantation for hepatitis B has been excellent and the use of new anti-hepatitis B medications should prevent the redevelopment of hepatitis B in Mr. Kramer," said John Fung, MD, chief of the UPMC division of transplantation who led the surgical team.

Kramer's screenplay for the 1969 film "Women in Love" was nominated for an Academy Award. He also wrote the plays "The Normal Heart" and "The Destiny of Me," as well as books on AIDS and gay activism.

UPMC is one of 10 centers currently participating in a National Institutes of Health-funded multi-center trial to determine the safety and effectiveness of liver and kidney transplantation in patients with HIV infection. The study is being directed by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco.

According to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), since 1988 33 liver transplants have been performed in HIV-positive patients in the US. Of the 4.954 liver transplants performed in the US in 2000, 11 were HIV-positive patients.
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Title Annotation:University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, acquired immune deficiency syndrome
Comment:AIDS activist, playwright Larry Kramer gets liver transplant at UPMC.(University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, acquired immune deficiency syndrome)
Publication:Transplant News
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 12, 2002
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