Radical prostatectomy in patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus
The risk of peri-operative complications in HIV-positive patients can be minimized by carefully selecting the patient and procedure, and by measuring routine and HIV-specific preoperative variables. The two infectious complications in this series were in patients with less favourable preoperative factors, i.e. the lowest CD4+ count and the highest viral load. Further experience is needed to determine whether the risk of surgical infections is higher in this cohort. However, our results are consistent with reports from other surgical specialities that surgery in asymptomatic HIV-positive patients is safe and effective.