Sexual acquisition of HIV infection after solid organ transplantation: Late presentation and potentially fatal complications.


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INTRODUCTION:While the growing knowledge on HIV among solid organ transplant recipients (SOT) is limited to either pretransplant infection or allograft transmission, there are only sparse reports describing HIV-infection after transplantation through sexual route, the primary mode of transmission in the general population. METHODS:From two different centers, we report nine new cases of HIV infection in SOT recipients attributed to sexual acquisition: eight cases of kidney-transplant recipients and one heart-transplant recipient. FINDINGS:There were nine cases of post-transplant HIV-infection detected among 14 526 transplants performed 1998 to 2015. In 6/9 cases, infection was contracted 5 years after SOT. All but one patient had stable allograft function under immunosuppressive therapy. The main trigger to diagnosis was late CMV disease and sexually transmitted diseases; five patients had CDC-stage 3 HIV infection. In 7/9 patients, virologic response and CD4 recovery were achieved within 3 months after starting antiretroviral therapy (ART). After an average of 3.6 years post diagnosis, 5/9 patients remained alive with well-controlled infection and functioning allograft. CONCLUSION:Sexual acquisition of HIV infection after SOT represents a difficult challenge, as it may occur in any kind of transplant and at any time. The course of infection resembles that of the general population, with life-threatening infectious complications, but good response to ART. Assessment of lifestyle and risk behavior is paramount, as indications may be not disclosed without direct questioning.

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Cited Authors

  • Cristelli, MP; Mazolin, MA; Manzardo, C; Ribeiro, MSJ; Cofán, F; Santos, DWC; Castel, MA; Tedesco-Silva, H; Moreno, A; Diekman, F; Miro, JM; Medina-Pestana, JO

Published Date

  • August 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 20 / 4

Start / End Page

  • e12894 -

PubMed ID

  • 29603514

Pubmed Central ID

  • 29603514

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1399-3062

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1398-2273

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/tid.12894


  • eng