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Is cosmetic surgery safe

May 31, 2008

I have had an increasingly difficult time finding literature on the effects of routine cosmetic surgery (lipo, breast reduction) for men with HIV, I am 27 and recently diagnosed. Am I eligible?

Thank you in advance

Response from Dr. Moyle

For people with HIV who are well and on HIV medications with an undetectable viral load, cosmetic surgery should be as safe as in the general population. Sometimes the greater challenge is findng a surgeon to do the work. Sugeons are generally less keen on operating when HIV is not suppressed and CD4 counts are low due to risk to both themselves and the patient. Regards Dr Moyle

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