NEW YORK – Steven Cojocaru (search) is looking for another kidney transplant after the first donated kidney had to be removed due to infection.
Cojocaru, a correspondent for syndicated TV shows "Entertainment Tonight" (search) and "The Insider," (search) received a kidney from a friend in January. That kidney was removed in June after it became infected with a virus that can afflict transplant recipients and lead to eventual loss of the organ.
The red carpet mainstay says the virus is now gone, leaving him in proper shape for a new transplant. He is seeking the right donor match.
"Now I feel 100 percent," Cojocaru tells US Weekly in an interview. "I'm alive and kicking and concentrating on buying my fall wardrobe!"
The 40-something fashion commentator suffers from polycystic kidney disease, a hereditary disorder that causes the growth of cysts on the kidney.
After going though "drama detox," Cojocaru says he's now ready to return to work. He plans to be back on the red carpet for the MTV Video Music Awards (search) in Miami on Aug. 28.
Cojocaru says he's "determined" to get another kidney and is trying to "help make donating kidneys the new, trendy, hot thing to do. Hotter than buying a house in Malibu."
"Kidneys are the new black!" he joked.