Renal Disease in HIV and Aging

Aroonsiri Sangarlangkarn, MD, MPH, Christina M Wyatt, MD, MS, Jonathan S. Appelbaum, MD, FACP

By the end of the session, learners will be able to:

  1. Outline risk factors for chronic kidney disease (CKD) in HIV-infected
  2. Form the differential diagnosis of CKD in HIV-infected
  3. Describe the workup and management of HIV-associated nephropathy (HIVAN).

Reading assignment:

  1. Wyatt C, Klotman P. HIV-associated nephropathy (HIVAN). Available at Accessed August 5, 2014.
  2. Wyatt C, Klotman P. Overview of kidney disease in HIV-infected patients. Available at Accessed August 5, 2014.
  3. Lucas GM, Ross MJ, Stock PG, et al. Clinical practice guideline for the management of chronic kidney disease in patients infected with HIV: 2014 update by the HIV Medicine Association of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Clin Infect Dis 9 (2014):e96-e138.

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Mr. Creatinine is a 55-year-old African American man who just moved to your town and comes to establish care at your clinic. He was diagnosed with HIV many years ago but did not follow up with his HIV provider due to complicated social issues. Now that he moved to live with his daughter and things are more stable, he looks forward to taking care of his HIV. He has never been on ART. Otherwise, he has a history of hypertension, diabetes and hepatitis C. He is not taking any medications since he has not seen a doctor for a while.

He is afebrile, BP127/80, pulse 78, oxygen saturation 98% on room air. Physical exam is unremarkable. Labs show CD4 of 55 cells/mm3, viral load 400,000 copies/mL, creatinine 2.85 mg/dL, eGFR 28.3 mL/min with normal electrolytes, hemoglobin A1C 5.9%. Last year his Cr was 1.75 mg/dL, eGFR 49.6 mL/min.


  1. What is the definition of chronic kidney disease (CKD)?
  2. How common is CKD in HIV-infected patients?
  3. What are HIV-related risk factors for CKD?
  4. What is the differential diagnosis of CKD in HIV-infected patients? Which one do you think is the cause of Mr. Creatinine’s CKD?
  5. What is the pathogenesis of HIVAN?
  6. What workup would you perform for Mr. Creatinine? How would you establish diagnosis?


After a 24-hour urine collection, Mr. Creatinine is found to have a protein excretion of 2.5g/day and albumin excretion of 300mg/day. Kidney biopsy shows a collapsing form of focal segmental glomerulosclerosis with tubular microcysts and interstitial inflammation. He is diagnosed with HIVAN.

  1. What pharmacologic treatment would you recommend?
  2. How would you monitor treatments?
  3. When would you refer him to a nephrologist?


You decide to start Mr. Creatinine on dolutegravir, abacavir and lamivudine. You also start him on lisinopril 5mg daily, along with statin and aspirin. He will also continue to see the nephrologist who performed his kidney biopsy. You plan to have a discussion regarding goals of care to see whether dialysis would be consistent with his wishes. You wonder about the prognosis for this kidney disease, since this information will help guide your discussion with Mr. Creatinine.

  1. What is the prognosis for Mr. Creatinine with HIVAN?

Additional References:

  1. Jotwani V, Li Y, Grunfeld C, et al. Risk factors for ESRD in HIV-infected individuals: traditional and HIV-related factors. Am J Kidney Dis5 (2012):628-35.
  2. Szczech LA, Gange SJ, van der Horst C, et al. Predictors of proteinuria and renal failure among women with HIV infection. Kidney Int1 (2002):195.
  3. Estrella MM, Parekh RS, Astor BC, et al. Chronic kidney disease and estimates of kidney function in HIV infection: a cross-sectional study in the multicenter AIDS cohort study. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr5 (2011):380-6.
  4. Peters L, Grint D, Lundgren JD, EuroSIDA in EuroCoord. Hepatitis C virus viremia increases the incidence of chronic kidney disease in HIV-infected patients. AIDS15 (2012):1917-26.
  5. Wyatt CM, et al. The impact of hepatitis C virus co-infection on HIV-related kidney disease: A systematic review and meta-analysis. AIDS14 (2008): 1799.
  6. Lucas GM, Jing Y, Sulkowski M, NA-ACCORD of the IeDEA. Hepatitis C viremia and the risk of chronic kidney disease in HIV-infected individuals. J Infect Dis8 (2013):1240.
  7. Kalayjian RC, Lau B, Mechekano RN, et al. Risk factors for chronic kidney disease in a large cohort of HIV-1 infected individuals initiating antiretroviral therapy in routine care. AIDS15 (2012):1907-15.
  8. BigéN, Lanternier F, Viard JP, et al. Presentation of HIV-associated nephropathy and outcome in HAART-treated patients. Nephrol Dial Transplant3 (2012):1114-21.
  9. Szczech LA, Gupta SK, Habash R, et al. The clinical epidemiology and course of the spectrum of renal diseases associated with HIV infection. Kidney Int3 (2004):1145.
  10. Balow JE. Nephropathy in the context of HIV infection. Kidney Int4 (2005):1632.
  11. Gerntholtz TE, Goetsch SJ, Katz I. HIV-related nephropathy: a South African perspective. Kidney Int10 (2006):1885.
  12. Foy MC, Estrella MM, Lucas GM, et al. Comparison of risk factors and outcomes in HIV immune complex kidney disease and HIV-associated nephropathy. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology9 (2013):1524-1532.
  13. Cheng JT, Anderson HL Jr, Markowitz GS, et al. Hepatitis C virus-associated glomerular disease in patients with human immunodeficiency virus coinfection. J Am Soc Nephrol7 (1999):1566.
  14. Papeta N, Kiryluk K, Patel A, et al. APOL1 variants increase risk for FSGS and HIVAN but not IgA nephropathy. J Am Soc Nephrol11 (2011):1991-6.
  15. Vrouenraets SM, Fux CA, Wit FW, Prepare Study Group. A comparison of measured and estimated glomerular filtration rate in successfully treated HIV-patients with preserved renal function. Clin Nephrol4 (2012):311-20.
  16. Atta MG, Gallant JE, Rahman MH, et al. Antiretroviral therapy in the treatment of HIV-associated nephropathy. Nephrol Dial Transplant10 (2006):2809.
  17. Wei A, Burns GC, Williams BA, et al. Long-term renal survival in HIV-associated nephropathy with angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibition. Kidney Int4 (2003):1462.

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