A prospective multicenter pilot study of HIV-positive deceased donor to HIV-positive recipient kidney transplantation: HOPE in action

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  • HIV-positive donor to HIV-positive recipient (HIV D+/R+) transplantation is permitted in the United States under the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act. To explore safety and the risk attributable to an HIV+ donor, we performed a prospective multicenter pilot study comparing HIV D+/R+ vs HIV-negative donor to HIV+ recipient (HIV D−/R+) kidney transplantation (KT). From 3/2016 to 7/2019 at 14 centers, there were 75 HIV+ KTs: 25 D+ and 50 D− (22 recipients from D− with false positive HIV tests). Median follow-up was 1.7 years. There were no deaths nor differences in 1-year graft survival (91% D+ vs 92% D−, P =.9), 1-year mean estimated glomerular filtration rate (63 mL/min D+ vs 57 mL/min D−, P =.31), HIV breakthrough (4% D+ vs 6% D−, P >.99), infectious hospitalizations (28% vs 26%, P =.85), or opportunistic infections (16% vs 12%, P =.72). One-year rejection was higher for D+ recipients (50% vs 29%, HR: 1.83, 95% CI 0.84-3.95, P =.13) but did not reach statistical significance; rejection was lower with lymphocyte-depleting induction (21% vs 44%, HR: 0.33, 95% CI 0.21-0.87, P =.03). In this multicenter pilot study directly comparing HIV D+/R+ with HIV D−/R+ KT, overall transplant and HIV outcomes were excellent; a trend toward higher rejection with D+ raises concerns that merit further investigation.
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  • Durand CM; Zhang W; Brown DM; Yu S; Desai N; Redd AD; Bagnasco SM; Naqvi FF; Seaman S; Doby BL
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  • 1754
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  • 21
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