In developed countries, remarkable advances in antiretroviral therapy have transformed HIV infection into a chronic condition. As a result, HIV-associated nephropathy, the classic HIV-driven kidney lesion among individuals of African descent, has largely disappeared in these regions.However,HIV-positive blacks continue to have much higher rates of ESRD than HIV-positive whites, which could be attributed to the APOL1 renal risk variants. Additionally, HIV-positive individuals face adverse consequences beyond HIV itself, including traditional risk factors for CKD and nephrotoxic effects of antiretroviral therapy. Concerns for nephrotoxicity also extend to HIV-negative individuals using tenofovir disoproxil fumarate-based pre-exposure prophylaxis for the prevention of HIV infection. Therefore, CKD remains an important comorbid condition in the HIV-positive population and an emerging concern among HIV-negative persons receiving pre-exposure prophylaxis. With the improved longevity of HIV-positive individuals, a kidney transplant has become a viable option for many who have progressed to ESRD. Herein, we review the growing knowledge regarding the APOL1 renal risk variants in the context of HIV infection, antiretroviral therapy-related nephrotoxicity, and developments in kidney transplantation among HIV-positive individuals.
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