HIV itself may contribute to renal disease and HIV treatment has an overall benefit for the kidneys. However, some anti-HIV drugs have been linked to kidney toxicity.

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  • Other health issues

    As you get older, it’s even more important to regularly attend clinic appointments and stay in touch with your healthcare providers. Your HIV clinic appointments will include...

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  • Longer-term side-effects

    Effective HIV treatment has significantly reduced the risk of serious kidney disease in people with HIV. However, most anti-HIV drugs can cause some damage to the kidneys,...

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    Blood pressure is the force that the beating heart causes in the arteries, veins, and blood vessels that carry blood around the body. Blood pressure is measured...

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  • Chronic kidney disease and HIV

    HIV may contribute to kidney disease but the two most common causes are diabetes and high blood pressure.Lifestyle changes can help keep kidney disease under control.Your HIV...

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  • Health checks

    Staff at your HIV clinic use various tests to keep an eye on your health. Many of these tests are done on samples of your...

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  • Side effects

    The most common side effects are the result of your body getting used to a new drug. After a few weeks, these side effects usually...

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  • Conditions related to HIV treatment, metabolic changes and ageing

    Lipodystrophy is a condition which causes changes in body shape and involves fat loss or fat gain in certain parts of the body. Long-term use of some older anti-HIV...

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  • Kidney toxicity

    The kidneys are two organs that sit in the small of the back on either side of the spinal cord. The kidneys filter toxic substances from...

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  • World’s First HIV-To-HIV Kidney Transplant With Living Donor Succeeds

    The world’s first kidney transplant from a living HIV-positive donor to another HIV-positive person was successfully performed Monday by doctors at a Johns Hopkins University hospital.

    29 March 2019 | Kaiser Health News
  • Atlanta woman becomes country's first HIV+ living kidney donor

    If you ask Nina Martinez why she has fought so hard to become the first HIV + living kidney donor, her answer is pretty simple. "I just wanted to be just like anybody else," Martinez says. "I think, in 2019, this is going to blow a lot of peoples' minds. Because I'm sitting here today, as someone living for 35 years with HIV, and I'm about to donate this organ."

    29 March 2019 | FOX 5 Atlanta
  • On-Demand PrEP With TDF/FTC Not Associated With Clinically Relevant Decline in Kidney Function

    On-demand pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) with tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF)/emtricitabine (FTC) is not associated with a significant relevant in kidney function, especially among young people with low pill use and high baseline estimated glomerular filtration rate, investigators in France found.

    20 March 2019 | Contagion Live
  • Tenofovir Alafenamide Linked to Fanconi Syndrome

    This case study is presented as a caution to clinicians that tenofovir alafenamide can cause Franconi Syndrome.

    12 February 2019 | Infectious Disease Advisor
  • Making Transplant History

    Advocate John Tenorio could be the first HIV-positive person to receive a kidney from a living donor with HIV.

    23 November 2018 | Poz
  • New study will probe safety of HIV-to-HIV kidney transplants

    A new study may pave the way for HIV-positive patients to receive organ transplants.The National Institutes of Health this month announced the launch of the HOPE in Action Multicenter Kidney Study to research the safety of kidney transplantation from HIV-positive donors to HIV-positive recipients.

    21 May 2018 | MD Magazine
  • NIH Clinical Trial to Track Outcomes of Kidney Transplantation From HIV-Positive Donors to HIV-Positive Recipients

    The study will track the clinical outcomes of 160 kidney transplants. All transplant recipients in the study will be living with HIV; 80 of them will receive kidneys from deceased donors who had HIV, and 80 will receive kidneys from HIV-uninfected deceased donors serving as the control group.

    08 May 2018 | NIAID press release
  • People With HIV and Kidney Disease Have Major Health Risks

    Researchers urge clinicians to closely monitor their patients with HIV and chronic kidney disease.

    09 March 2018 | Poz
  • Shift in HIV-Associated Kidney Disease Characterized

    Successful antiretroviral therapy for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection has altered the spectrum of HIV-associated kidney disease over the past 30 years, according to the authors of a new review published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

    15 December 2017 | Renal & Urology News
  • HIV patients at greater risk of both heart and kidney disease

    Drawing on data from the international D:A:D (Data collection on Adverse events of Anti-HIV Drugs) study, Professor Boyd and colleagues assessed the risks of cardiovascular disease and chronic kidney disease in people with HIV infection. They found elevated risks of each disease occurring simultaneously.

    08 November 2017 | EurekAlert (press release)
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