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Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology
Volume 17 (2006), Issue 1, Pages 8-10
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2006/384135
Editorial

Organ Transplantation in HIV Infected Individuals: The Time Has Come - Should there Be Criteria?

Sharon Walmsley

University of Toronto, Immunodeficiency Clinic, Toronto Hospital, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Copyright © 2006 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Before the advent of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), HIV and its associated infectious and malignant complications were the major causes of death in patients with HIV infection, including those with serious comorbidities involving the heart, liver or kidney (1). Consequently, therapy of the underlying liver disease, such as hepatitis C virus (HCV), was often not attempted, and transplantation of scarce organs was not a consideration.