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Advanced Liver Disease in People with HIV

As HIV positive people live longer due to effective antiretroviral therapy, liver disease has become an increasingly important cause of illness and death in this population.

In some cases, advanced liver disease in people with HIV is related to coinfection with hepatitis B or C virus (HBV or HCV), certain antiretroviral drugs are known to cause liver toxicity, and in other cases the cause of liver disease is unclear. Three presentations at the recent 9th International Congress on Drug Therapy in HIV Infection (HIV9) in Glasgow discussed end-stage liver disease (ESLD), advanced liver fibrosis, and severe portal hypertension in HIV-infected individuals.

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AASLD 2006: Liver Transplantation in HIV Positive Patients

The Thomas E. Starzl Transplant Surgery State-of the-Art Lecture at this year’s American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) annual meeting was devoted to the outcomes following solid organ transplantation in HIV-infected recipients. The speaker, Peter G. Stock, MD, from the University of California at San Francisco, gave a very good update on the topic.


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