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AIDS Activist Larry Kramer Dies

December 26, 2001

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Five days after undergoing a liver transplant, AIDS activist and author Larry Kramer was listed in serious condition but was expected to be moved out of intensive care.

A nurse supervisor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center said late Tuesday that Kramer was expected to be moved to a private room on Wednesday. His doctors have said his condition was progressing as expected.

Kramer, 66, spent seven months on a waiting list. He moved to Pittsburgh in early November to wait for an organ to become available.

While many transplant centers oppose the surgery for HIV-positive patients, UPMC’s Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute has performed 10 liver transplants on HIV-positive patients since 1997. Eight of the patients have survived.

Kramer’s HIV has been relatively well controlled, but he suffered from end-stage liver failure caused by hepatitis B.

Kramer is the author of the plays ``The Normal Heart″ and ``The Destiny of Me,″ and books about the front line of AIDS and gay activism. His screenplay for the 1969 film ``Women in Love″ was nominated for an Academy Award. He also helped found Gay Men’s Health Crisis, which provides services to people with AIDS, and later helped create ACT UP, an AIDS advocacy group.

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