The Latest: California governor signs HIV-transplant bill

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Posted: May 27, 2016 5:04 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California legislation allowing transplants of HIV-infected organs (all times local):

2:05 p.m.

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed emergency legislation to allow a man with HIV to receive part of his HIV-positive husband's liver before the surgery becomes too dangerous, possibly within weeks.

The state Legislature rushed to approve the measure Friday. Brown spokeswoman Deborah Hoffman says it's "a life-saving matter."

The federal government recently authorized transplants of HIV-infected organs to patients who have the disease, but it still had been illegal in California and more than a dozen other states.

Dr. Peter Stock, transplant surgeon at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, says he hopes to perform the operation quickly, but he'll need time to do tests and preparation on the patients.

There are 65 HIV-positive patients waiting for kidney or liver transplants at the hospital.

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10:45 a.m.

California Gov. Jerry Brown plans to sign emergency legislation that would allow a man with HIV to receive part of his HIV-positive husband's liver before the surgery becomes too dangerous, possibly within weeks.

The state Legislature rushed to approve the measure Friday. Brown spokeswoman Deborah Hoffman said the governor will sign the bill as soon as it arrives. She says it's "a life-saving matter."

The federal government recently authorized transplants of HIV-infected organs to patients who have the disease, but it's still illegal under California law and in more than a dozen other states.

The University of California, San Francisco Medical Center transplant surgeon Dr. Peter Stock says he hopes to perform the operation quickly, but he'll need time to do tests and preparation on the patients.

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10:15 a.m.

California lawmakers have approved emergency legislation that would allow a man with HIV to receive part of his HIV-positive husband's liver before the surgery becomes too dangerous, possibly within weeks.

Friday's approval by the state Senate and Assembly sends the measure to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.

The federal government recently authorized transplants of HIV-infected organs to patients who have the disease, but it's still illegal under California law and in more than a dozen other states.

The University of California, San Francisco Medical Center is one of four U.S. hospitals authorized to transplant HIV-infected organs.

Transplant surgeon Dr. Peter Stock says he hopes to perform the operation quickly, but he'll need time to do tests and preparation on the patients.

There are 65 HIV-positive patients waiting for kidney or liver transplants at the hospital.

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9:50 a.m.

California lawmakers are rushing to approve legislation Friday that would allow a man with HIV to receive part of his HIV-positive husband's liver before the surgery becomes too dangerous, possibly within weeks.

The federal government recently authorized transplants of HIV-infected organs to patients who have the disease, but it's still illegal under California law and in more than a dozen other states.

The University of California, San Francisco Medical Center is one of four U.S. hospitals authorized to transplant HIV-infected organs.

Transplant surgeon Dr. Peter Stock says he hopes to perform the operation quickly, but he'll need time to do tests and preparation on the patients after getting the green light from lawmakers.

There are 65 HIV-positive patients waiting for kidney or liver transplants at the hospital.