HIV and anesthesia

Anesthesiol Clin North Am. 2004 Sep;22(3):379-404, v. doi: 10.1016/j.atc.2004.06.001.


Human immunodeficiency virus [HIV disease or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)] is the greatest health crisis of the twentieth and early twenty-first century. In sub-Saharan Africa, the epidemic rivals the "Black Death" of fourteenth-century Europe. AIDS is a multiorgan disease that has broad implications for anesthesiologists. New drug therapies are highly effective in most cases and have significant potential for drug interactions. The purpose of this article is to help anesthesiologists better manage persons who have HIV/AIDS in the operating room, labor and delivery suite, and other areas in which this patient population will require an increasing amount of care.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anesthesia / methods*
  • Drug Interactions
  • HIV Infections / complications
  • HIV Infections / drug therapy
  • HIV Infections / transmission*
  • Humans
  • Infectious Disease Transmission, Vertical