The effect of HIV infection on management of renal failure among patients undergoing peritoneal dialysis

Kwazi Ndlovu, Professor A Assounga


Sixty patients with dialysis requiring renal failure will be recruited from patients admitted to King Edward VIII hospital and from surrounding hospitals in durban.  Thirty subjects with serologically confirmed HIV positive status will be assigned to the seropositive group and 30 HIV negative subjects will be assigned to the control group. All patients will have no contraindication to the public sector renal programme. Both groups will be offered acute peritoneal dialysis that will be converted to continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) within 24 to 72 hours. ARV treatment will be started concurrently. Renal response to the treatment will be monitored as well as recognized complications of peritoneal dialysis over a six month period.