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Kidney Diseases

Can a Kidney Donor Have HPV?

08/06/2008

Question:

Would having HPV rule someout out for being a living kidney donor?

Answer:

Human papilloma viruses (HPVs) have been linked most closely to cancer of the cervix, some skin cancers, and some oropharyngeal cancers. They are not transmitted through transplanted organs. Therefore, someone testing positive for HPV would still be eligible to serve as a living organ donor.

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Response by:

Donald E Hricik, MD Donald E Hricik, MD
Professor of Medicine
Chief of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University