BALTIMORE, Maryland -- A 35-year-old woman became the first person in the world living with HIV allowed to donate a kidney.
By joining a study at Johns Hopkins hospital, Nina Martinez and a team of doctors made history.
In the past, there had been concerns that HIV was too much of a risk factor for the kidney disease donor.
"This is a celebration that HIV, which was a death sentence years ago, is so well controlled that somebody with HIV can save someone else's life by donating a kidney," says transplant surgeon Dr. Dorry Segev.
Martinez has been on treatments since she was 8 years old, when she discovered she got HIV from a blood transfusion years before.
Since people caught word of the Martinez's surgery, Johns Hopkins hospital has been hearing from those who need kidneys, and those who want to donate.
World's first living HIV positive patient donates kidney