Organ and Tissue Donation
Attitudes and beliefs passed down through the years in the African-American community have reinforced negative and misguided beliefs about organ and tissue donation and transplantation, and ultimately have discouraged generations from becoming a donor and saving the lives of others. Sadly, African-American men have a very high risk of experiencing serious, life-threatening health complications and needing a transplant!
Beliefs that contribute to lower donation rates, include
- the belief that we will not receive adequate medical treatment in an medical emergency if our donation wishes are known, and the perception that the African-American community is not supportive of organ and tissue donation.
- According to research, African-American men, in particular, are more likely to have negative beliefs about organ and tissue donation.
African Americans experience higher rates for diabetes, obesity, hypertension and stress. Â Each of these conditions is preventable; however, when ignored, can lead to end-stage renal disease (kidney failure), a serious and debilitating complication that often requires dialysis or an eventual kidney transplant.