Thursday, May 6, 2004 Posted: 10:44 AM EDT (1444 GMT)
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (AP) -- Lawmakers approved a measure Wednesday that would make Illinois the first state to let people with HIV donate organs to others with the virus. The bill now heads to the governor.
The Senate voted 55-2 to approve the measure Wednesday, while the House voted 95-22 in March to approve it.
Organs infected with the virus that causes AIDS currently are disposed of so they won't be transplanted. Some doctors say those organs could help prolong the lives of HIV patients, who are now living longer because of medical advances.