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Curr HIV/AIDS Rep. 2013 Sep;10(3):217-25. doi: 10.1007/s11904-013-0170-z.

Solid organ transplants in HIV-infected patients.

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  • 1Department of Surgery, University of California San Francisco, 513 Parnassus Ave., Room S321, San Francisco, CA 94143, USA.


There is a growing need for kidney and liver transplants in persons living with HIV. Fortunately, with the significant advances in antiretroviral therapy and management of opportunistic infections, HIV infection is no longer an absolute contraindication for solid organ transplantation. Data from several large prospective multi-center cohort studies have shown that solid organ transplantation in carefully selected HIV-infected individuals is safe. However, significant challenges have been identified including prevention of acute rejection, management of drug-drug interactions and treatment of recurrent viral hepatitis. This article reviews the selection criteria, outcomes, and special management considerations for HIV-infected patients undergoing liver or kidney transplantation.

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