Tenofovir increases risk of kidney damage

From SF Gate online:

Patients who take one of the most widely prescribed drugs to treat HIV  infection increase their risk of kidney damage by up to 34 percent every year  they take the medication, according to a study of more than 10,000 HIV-positive  veterans.

The study, by the San Francisco VA Medical Center and published online  earlier this month, is one of the largest to address the long-term risk of  tenofovir, an antiretroviral drug that is taken daily, usually in a single pill  combined with other drugs.

Doctors have long known that antiretroviral drugs carried some risk of kidney  damage, but how much – and whether that damage is caused by a particular drug or  combination of drugs, or by the HIV infection itself – has been the source of  much debate.

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