Spectrum of chronic kidney disease in HIV-infected patients


Dr Frank Post, Academic Department of HIV/GUM, King's College London School of Medicine at Guy's, King's College and St Thomas' Hospitals, Weston Education Centre, Cutcombe Road, London SE5 9RJ, UK. Tel: +44 207 848 5779; fax: +44 207 848 5769; e-mail: frank.post@kcl.ac.uk



The aim of the study was to investigate the prevalence and aetiology of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and trends in estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) in HIV-infected patients.


Ascertainment and review of CKD cases among patients attending King's College and Brighton Hospitals, UK were carried out. CKD was defined as eGFR <60 mL/min for ≥3 months. Longitudinal eGFR slopes were produced to examine trends in renal function before, during and after exposure to indinavir (IDV) or tenofovir (TFV).


CKD prevalence was 2.4%. While HIV-associated nephropathy accounted for 62% of CKD in black patients, 95% of CKD in white/other patients was associated with diabetes mellitus, hypertension, atherosclerosis and/or drug toxicity. Exposure to IDV or TFV was associated with an accelerated decline in renal function (4.6-fold and 3.7-fold, respectively) in patients with CKD. In patients initiating IDV, age ≥50 years increased the odds of CKD [odds ratio (OR) 4.9], while in patients initiating TFV, age ≥50 years (OR 5.4) and eGFR 60–75 mL/min (OR 17.2) were associated with developing CKD.


This study highlights the importance of metabolic and vascular disease to the burden of CKD in an ageing HIV-infected cohort. In patients who developed CKD, treatment with IDV or TFV was associated with an accelerated decline in renal function.