In world first, HIV-positive woman donates kidney to HIV-positive recipient

Nina Martinez donated a kidney in a historic surgery that was performed Monday.   Photo courtesy of Sarah Marie Mayo

(CNN)An Atlanta woman became the first living HIV-positive kidney donor in the world on Monday when surgeons at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore transferred her organ to a recipient who is also HIV-positive, according to a statement from the medical center. Both the donor and the recipient, who wishes to remain anonymous, are doing well.

Nina Martinez, who has HIV, donated a kidney to an HIV-positive recipient.  Photo courtesy of Michele Rhee