Man in Japan infected with both HIV and hep C got priority liver transplant, now back at work

A man in his 40s infected through contaminated blood products with both HIV and hepatitis C recently underwent liver transplant surgery, the first person to benefit from revised guidelines in Japan giving priority for the surgery to such patients, sources said.

The transplant in June was the first since regulations were revised in 2012 to give priority to HIV/hepatitis C-infected liver cirrhosis patients who are at greater risk than those infected with hepatitis C alone, the sources said Monday.

“Liver cirrhosis of double-infected patients frequently makes more rapid progress, leading them to die at younger ages,” said Nagasaki University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences professor Susumu Eguchi.

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