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Caring for Your Liver if You Have HIV/AIDS

Table of Contents Liver Basics Symptoms of Liver Damage Tests for Liver Damage The Liver and HIV Liver Disease and Women Caring for Your Liver Taking Care of Yourself Liver Basics Your liver is one of the most important organs in your body. It is also the largest -- about the size of a football. It is protected from injury behind the lower right section of your ribs. The liver acts as your body's chemical processing...
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Liver problems

My brother has been HIV positive since before 1989. In 1989, he was diagnosed with PCP. Since then he has lived with AIDS and many opportunistic infections.. MAI, KS, etc. Most recently he had testicular cancer and they found a tumor-like thing...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
This is a complicated question, and I can best answer it by saying that it will be important to get a biopsy of the liver to differentiate whether this represents:1. An infection of some kind in the liver2. A spread of cancer to the liver3. A result... Read more »

Liver problems

My brother has been HIV positive since before 1989. In 89 he was diagnosed w/PCPpnemonia. Since then he has lived w/AIDs and many opportunistic infections.. MAI, KS, etc. Most recently he had Testicular cancer and they found a tumor like thing in...
Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Response from Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Cornell University, Weill Medical College
It is hard to say what is going on without seeing all of the tests that your brother has had, but all of the problems you mention are possible. Lab tests, a CT scan, a liver biopsy and possibly other tests should help to define the problem and it... Read more »

liver problems

my brother just told me that he is hiv+. He has known for 4 months. He hasn't started treatment as of yet but he has spoken with a doctor. He was told that there is something wrong with his liver.Is this an affect of the hiv?...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your post.While HIV itself doesn't usually cause liver problems, there are a host of associated conditions, like hepatitis viral infections, drug toxicity and others that could be causing your brother's issues.I'd need more... Read more »

Liver problems

does hiv effect liver functions itself not through hcv...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
Some patients without viral hepatitis may have abnormal liver function tests. This can be due most commonly to medications. Another concern may be steatohepatitis, fat in the liver.If you liver function tests are persistently abnormal, you may want... Read more »
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Liver problems, any relation?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hi guys, How good to have you out there to share my worries.
After a high risk sexual relation over 3 months ago, I have had a flue on 2 occassions, once after 4 weeks, and then after 10 weeks.
I have had 3 hiv tests done, at 2 weeks, 4 weeks and 12... Read more »

Joint Pain caused by liver, HIV, meds, arthritis?

Posted by ScotCharles, 3 Replies
Has anyone experienced joint pain that was diagnosed as relating to either HIV or the meds? Don't laugh now, but my elbows are warm to the touch, and I have a burning pain in them. I have liver problems which cause my right shoulder and the right... Read more »

Liver-Related Deaths More Common Among HIV+

Posted by ScotCharles, 1 Reply
Yet more reason to be cautious about use of HAART and to work on liver health by not drinking alcohol, not smoking, and maintaining a healthy weight.


Liver-Related Deaths More Common Among HIV-Infected Patients After... Read more »

Liver Function

Posted by NYRN, 1 Reply
I'm taking viread, invirase, didanosine, zidovudine and valtrex and my latest labs indicate high on the liver screens. Has anyone had any liver issues - I don't drink so it's not that! Read more »