Published March, 2007

Good News for HIV Positive Surgical Patients, Tim Horn, (2007)

This synopsis of a recent study on the impact of HIV infection on the surgical safety concludes that HIV-positive patients can safely undergo a wide range of surgical procedures without increased risks of side effects due to their HIV status. The study, published in Archives of Surgery, indicates that the risk of some post-operative complications is higher than that seen in HIV-negative patients, but that this primarily occurs in HIV-positive patients with moderately high viral loads and very low CD4 (T4) cell counts.