This study analyzes the effects of Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) on surgical outcomes for people living with HIV. It concludes that, HIV-positive patients can safely undergo a wide range of surgical procedures and that, in many cases, HIV status should not be a criterion when determining the need for surgery if patients have adequate viral control. While the risk of some post-operative complications is higher than seen in patients without HIV, these complications occur mostly in patients with moderately high viral loads and very low CD4 cell counts.
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