HIV and kidney transplant

Promoting transplantation in HIV positive patients

Historically it was believed HIV-infected patients were not suitable for organ transplantation. However, pioneering work in the US has shown that the outcomes can be very good with careful patient selection.

We are amongst a handful of hospitals in the UK promoting kidney transplantation in HIV infected individuals with end-stage kidney disease. We have the largest experience in the UK of kidney transplantation in this patient group.

What we do

Patients are carefully assessed by the transplant team with input from the nephrologist, the HIV physician and from the renal and HIV pharmacists.

Patients who are suitable for transplantation may be eligible for either a deceased donor or living donor kidney transplant, and this will be discussed on a case by case basis.

After the transplant, both the antiretroviral therapies and transplant immunosuppression drugs are closely monitored by the transplant and HIV teams.

Referral information

For further information about our programmes or to refer a patient, please contact Dr Rachel Hilton or Mr Martin Drage, joint lead clinicians in HIV and transplantation. Email gst-tr.renalreferralsguys@nhs.net.