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How is the kidney transplant process different for people with HIV?

At the Penn Transplant Institute, kidney transplant survival rates for people with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are similar to those of other high-risk populations. As part of the in-depth kidney transplant evaluation process, people will receive a consultation with an infectious disease specialist. To initiate the evaluation process, people with HIV must be well controlled for at least three months. They should also be receiving HIV medications and have a CD4 count greater than 200.

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