Narrator: This is Science Today. Thanks to anti-viral drugs, people who are HIV positive are living longer than ever before. Dr. Michele Roland of the University of California, San Francisco is conducting a long-term study to find out whether organ transplants are safe and effective in HIV-positive patients who have other medical problems.
Roland: The fact that we're looking at transplantation for people with HIV is sort of indicative of a broader issue for people with HIV. And that is that as our therapies are improving and people are living longer, we're seeing a population that's aging. And an aging population develops an increasing number of medical problems.
Narrator: According to Roland, this means that doctors must change the way they treat their patients with HIV.
Roland: And we're dealing with having to, as HIV care providers who have specialized more and more in a non-general medicine field, kind of go back and relearn our general medicine so we can treat people with these common diseases.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.