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Hiv Aids And Kidney Failure

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HIV and Kidney Disease

Why Should People With HIV Care About Kidney Disease? HIV disease can cause kidney failure due to HIV infection of kidney cells. This is known as HIV-Associated Nephropathy or HIVAN. Other causes of kidney disease include diabetes and high blood pressure. These problems, especially HIVAN, are much more common in African-Americans. Taking some medications used to treat HIV infections or related health issues can also cause kidney disease. Kidney...
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Kidney failure and HIV

My kidneys are not functioning and I have HIV which was discoveredin NoVEMBER OF 2005, currently i'm on meds for the Hiv and it seems to be doing well , do I have a chance od living a long healthy life...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
This is a difficult and very complex question to answer. You don't indicate why your kidneys are not working, whether or not it is reversable, or whether you are already on dialysis for end stage kidney disease. You also don't indicate... Read more »

Medications and kidney failure

Have there been any studies correlating long term use of HIV medications to kidney failure? My daughter was infected at birth she didn't take medications until she was 4 1/2, time of diagonisous. She started having headaches about 5 years ago....
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thank you for posting.There are so many different causes of kidney failure that I'd hesitate to say that your daughter's issues were only related to medications. The fact that she had survived so long is heartening, but all the... Read more »

liver or kidney failure

Hi Doc,I am currently on Complera. I was talking to someone today that told me that the meds for HIV will eventually lead to kidney or liver failure 20 years down the road or so. This thought is just erking me and I cannot wait for the next...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Whoa there. Not true at all.Neither kidney or liver failure (or death from drug-related complications) is an inevitable consequence of properly selected and monitored HIV treatments.Talk to your doctor, talk to friends who may have been on... Read more »

Dosing with kidney failure

My husband was diagnosed with hiv & kidney failure about april last year. We found out he is not taking half of the medications people with hiv take. And his blood work is okay for someone with hiv. Why so? ...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your question.Many of the HIV medications are eliminated from the body via the kidney. Hence, in persons with decreased kidney function, HIV medications (particularly the NRTIs) can be taken less frequently or with a lower dose. The... Read more »
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HIV/AIDS related kidney problems...

Posted by alexzander, 2 Replies
i have a question and was wondering if ANYONE out there knew even a little bit....people who are HIV+ (i myself have AIDS) but is it common to see tons of reoccuring kidney infections?! i mean these have been going on for months and months....i'm... Read more »

The Failure of Viral Load Tests

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
The Failure of Viral Load Tests
JAMA Study Shakes AIDS Science, Angers HIV Advocates

A nationwide team of orthodox AIDS researchers led by doctors Benigno Rodriguez and Michael Lederman of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland are disputing the... Read more »

Early HIV Treatment Failure Linked to Didanosine/T

Posted by TwinsDad, 1 Reply
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) Aug 23 - The combination of the antiretroviral agents didanosine, tenofovir, and efavirenz is associated with a high virological failure rate in treatment-naive patients with HIV, British investigators report.

Dr. Desmond... Read more »

Know someone who died of PML/Liver Failure?

Posted by ScotCharles, 2 Replies
Hey guys,

Just recently, a number of people I know who have been HIV+ for more than 20 years have died of Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy(PML) and liver failure. I wonder if anyone else had similiar experience?


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