Patients with human immunodeficiency virus infection do not have inferior outcomes after dialysis access creation

Quinten G. Dicken, Thomas W. Cheng, Alik Farber, Scott R. Levin, Douglas W. Jones, Mahmoud B. Malas, Tze Woei Tan, Denis Rybin, Jeffrey J. Siracuse

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Objective: Despite improvements in treating human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), the risk of end-stage renal disease and need for long-term arteriovenous (AV) access for hemodialysis remain high in HIV-infected patients. Associations of HIV/AIDS with AV access creation complications have been conflicting. Our goal was to clarify short- and long-term outcomes of patients with HIV/AIDS undergoing AV access creation. Methods: The Vascular Quality Initiative registry was queried from 2011 to 2018 for all patients undergoing AV access creation. Documentation of HIV infection status with or without AIDS was recorded. Data were propensity score matched (4:1) between non-HIV-infected patients and HIV/AIDS patients. Subsequent multivariable analysis and Kaplan-Meier analysis were performed for short- and long-term outcomes. Results: There were 25,711 upper extremity AV access creations identified: 25,186 without HIV infection (98%), 424 (1.6%) with HIV infection, and 101 (.4%) with AIDS. Mean age was 61.8 years, and 55.8% were male. Patients with HIV/AIDS were more often younger, male, nonwhite, nonobese, and current smokers; they were more often on Medicaid and more likely to have a history of intravenous drug use, and they were less often diabetic and less likely to have cardiac comorbidities (P < .05 for all). There was no significant difference in autogenous or prosthetic access used in these cohorts. Wound infection requiring incision and drainage or explantation within 90 days was low for all groups (0.6% vs 1.9 vs 0%; P = .11) of non-HIV-infected patients vs HIV-infected patients vs AIDS patients. Kaplan-Meier analysis showed no significant difference in 1-year freedom from primary patency loss (43.9% vs 46.3%; P =.6), 1-year freedom from reintervention (61% vs 60.7%,; P = .81), or 3-year survival (83% vs 83.8%; P = .57) for those with and without HIV/AIDS, respectively. Multivariable analysis demonstrated that patients with HIV/AIDS were not at significantly higher risk for access reintervention (hazard ratio [HR], 0.97; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.76-1.24; P = .81), occlusion (HR, 1.06; 95% CI, 0.86-1.29; P = .6), or mortality (HR, 1.08; 95% CI, 0.83-1.43; P = .57). Conclusions: Patients with HIV/AIDS undergoing AV access creation have outcomes similar to those of patients without HIV infection, including long-term survival. Patients with HIV/AIDS had fewer traditional end-stage renal disease risk factors compared with non-HIV-infected patients. Our findings show that the contemporary approach for creation and management of AV access in patients with HIV/AIDS should be continued; however, further research is needed to identify risk factors in this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2113-2119
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of vascular surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2020


  • AIDS
  • Access creation
  • Arteriovenous fistula
  • Dialysis
  • HIV
  • Vascular surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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