The debate on whether or not hair transplantation can be done in patients with certain diseases where the infection occurs via blood, such as HIV or hepatitis C, has developed for several years.
More than Hepatitis C, being HIV positive still represents a taboo for many people, including doctors and surgeons, and the exposure to performing surgery like a hair transplant can be a factor considered as dangerous by many.
But from a surgeon’s point of view, there are actually no real reasons for not doing the surgery while the patient is in the controlled phase of the disease. Apart from the fear of becoming infected, the concern lies in operating a patient with an immune deficiency, or a general state that is not completely normal.
For example, a simple secondary surgery infection is a mild complication for healthy patients, but it could prove fairly severe for patients with HIV or hepatitis C, risking to create a much worse clinical picture than that developed in patients which are not affected by these viruses.
The hair transplant specialists who are in favour of this procedure in sick patients are based on the assertion that HIV is no longer the same as twenty years ago. By now, people with HIV are able to live with proper care for several years. The same applies to patients with hepatitis C.