for people ages 18 years and up (full criteria)
at San Diego, California and other locations
study started
completion around



The primary objective of this study is to determine if an HIV-infected deceased kidney donor (HIVD+) transplant is safe with regards to major transplant-related and HIV-related complications.


This study will evaluate if receiving a kidney transplant from an HIV-infected deceased kidney donor is safe with regards to survival and major transplant-related and HIV-related complications compared to receiving a kidney from an HIV-uninfected deceased kidney donor (HIVD-). Those participants who have accepted an HIVD- organ will be randomized to be followed in the full study or followed in the nested observational group.


Hiv, Death, HIV D+/R+, HIV D-/R+


You can join if…

Open to people ages 18 years and up

  • Participant meets the standard criteria for kidney transplant at the local center.
  • Participant is able to understand and provide informed consent.
  • Participant meets with an independent advocate per the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act Safeguards.
  • Documented HIV infection (by any licensed assay, or documented history of detectable HIV-1 RNA).
  • No living donor available.
  • Participant is ≥18 years old.
  • Opportunistic complications: if prior history of an opportunistic infection, the participant has received appropriate therapy and has no evidence of active disease.
  • Cluster of Differentiation 4 (CD4)+ T-cell: ≥200/µL within 16 weeks of transplant.
  • HIV-1 is below 50 copies RNA/mL. Viral blips between 50-400 copies allowed as long as there are not consecutive measurements >200 copies/mL.
  • Participant is willing to comply with all medication related to their transplant and HIV management.
  • For participant with a history of aspergillus colonization or disease, no evidence of active disease.
  • The participant must have, or be willing to start seeing, a primary medical care provider with expertise in HIV management.
  • All participants participating in sexual activity that could lead to pregnancy must use an FDA approved method of birth control.
  • Participant is not suffering from significant wasting (e.g. body mass index <21) thought to be related to HIV disease.

You CAN'T join if...

  • Participant has a history of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) or primary central nervous system (CNS) lymphoma.
  • Participant is pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Past or current medical problems or findings from medical history, physical examination or laboratory testing that are not listed above, which, in the opinion of the investigator, may pose additional risks or may impact the quality or interpretation of the data obtained from the study.


  • University of California, San Diego
    San Diego California 92103 United States
  • University of California, Los Angeles
    Los Angeles California 90095 United States


in progress, not accepting new patients
Start Date
Completion Date
Johns Hopkins University
Study Type
Expecting 160 study participants
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