Laboratory Monitoring for Adverse Effects of ART

June 08, 2021

Purpose of This Guideline

Date of current publication: June 8, 2021
Lead author: Noga Shalev, MD
Writing group: Steven M. Fine, MD, PhD; Rona M. Vail, MD; Joseph P. McGowan, MD, FACP, FIDSA; Samuel T. Merrick, MD; Charles J. Gonzalez, MD; Christopher J. Hoffmann, MD, MPH
Committee: Medical Care Criteria Committee
Date of original publication: September 10, 2019

This guideline was developed by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) AIDS Institute (AI) to establish an evidence-based approach to routine laboratory monitoring of antiretroviral toxicity. Data are lacking regarding the need for and frequency of routine laboratory monitoring in patients receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART). To date, no randomized controlled studies have assessed the optimal type and frequency of monitoring. The data available are based on short-term randomized clinical trials of ART strategies, observational cohort data, and long-term epidemiologic data.

Refer to the NYSDOH AI guideline Comprehensive Primary Care for Adults With HIV for information on other routine laboratory monitoring for patients with HIV.

Frequency of Laboratory Monitoring During ART

Frequency of Laboratory Monitoring During ART

This guideline summarizes the recommended minimum frequency of routine laboratory monitoring in healthy patients receiving ART. Patients with comorbidities, or who take or start additional medications, or who have baseline laboratory abnormalities may require more frequent or additional evaluation. Patients with HIV should also be monitored for relevant age- and sex-specific health problems as per recommendations for the general population Aberg, et al. 2014. NYSDOH AI recommendations apply to resource-rich settings; World Health Organization guidelines do not require access to laboratory monitoring as a condition for initiation or continuation of ART WHO 2016.

This committee’s recommendations diverge from those of other published guidelines in that they suggest less frequent monitoring for ART-related adverse effects UpToDate 2023DHHS(b) 2022. The reduced frequency of testing reflects the notably reduced toxicities associated with contemporary antiretroviral regimens, earlier initiation of ART, and the absence of data to support more frequent testing. This guideline also suggests less frequent monitoring after the first year of ART or at regimen change, based on the observation that most laboratory-detected toxicities occur in the first year of therapy Gudina, et al. 2017.

The guideline section Screening for Organ-Specific Adverse Effects discusses the range of adverse effects and toxicities associated with ART. Patients rarely present with symptoms suggestive of antiretroviral toxicity; frequent laboratory monitoring may be needed in such cases.

Abbreviations: ALT, alanine aminotransferase; ART, antiretroviral therapy; AST, aspartate aminotransferase; eGFR, estimated glomerular filtration rate; TAF, tenofovir alafenamide fumarate; TDF, tenofovir disoproxil fumarate; ZDV, zidovudine.


  1. More frequent monitoring may be required for patients >50 years old and patients with chronic comorbidities.
  2. See NYSDOH AI guideline Comprehensive Primary Care for Adults With HIV.
  3. Patients with decreased eGFR at baseline or those taking concomitant nephrotoxic drugs may need more frequent monitoring of renal function (see guideline section Screening for Organ-Specific Adverse Events > Nephrotoxicity for more information).
Table 1: Minimum Laboratory Monitoring Frequency With ART Initiation or Change, Patients <50 Years Old,  Without Chronic Comorbidities [a] (Rating: A3)
Laboratory Test Year 1 of ART (initiation or change) After 1 Year on ART Regimen
Baseline 3 Months 12 Months Every 6 Months Annual
Hepatic panel (AST, ALT, alkaline phosphates, total bilirubin) All All All All
Random blood glucose All All All
Complete blood count [b] All With ZDV With ZDV With ZDV With TAF
or TDF
eGFR [c] All All With TAF
or TDF
With TAF
or TDF
Test for proteinuria (urinalysis or protein-to-creatinine ratio), glucosuria, serum phosphorus With TAF
or TDF
With TAF
or TDF
With TAF
or TDF

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Screening for Organ-Specific Adverse Effects


Antiretroviral therapy (ART) has been associated with a range of renal complications that may lead to renal insufficiency or failure Hall, et al. 2011. Furthermore, renal impairment requires dose adjustment or discontinuation of several antiretroviral agents (ARVs). Various guidelines recommend screening for ART-induced nephrotoxicity DHHS(a) 2022Gorriz, et al. 2014Holt, et al. 2014Lucas, et al. 2014. Data to support screening strategies and frequency are most robust for the detection of ART-associated kidney dysfunction than other organ-specific toxicities. Nevertheless, many recommendations continue to rely on expert opinion and consensus. Patients with reduced baseline renal function and those taking concomitant nephrotoxic medications may require more frequent renal monitoring, as clinically indicated.

A number of ARVs have been implicated in kidney dysfunction. However, only medications that contain tenofovir prodrugs are considered directly nephrotoxic to the renal tubules and glomeruli. Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) and tenofovir alafenamide fumarate (TAF) are both prodrugs of tenofovir and are widely used components of antiretroviral regimens in the United States. Because various forms of renal impairment have been reported in patients receiving tenofovir prodrugs Laprise, et al. 2013Zaidan, et al. 2013, specific recommendations regarding frequency of laboratory monitoring for regimens that include these agents have been made in Table 1: Minimum Laboratory Monitoring Frequency With Initiation of or Change in ART for Patients <50 Years Old and Without Chronic Comorbidities.

Plasma concentrations of tenofovir are approximately 4-fold lower with use of TAF than with TDF, and while nephrotoxicity due to TAF is rare, cases of acute renal failure, proximal renal tubulopathy, and Fanconi Syndrome have been reported in clinical use. Therefore, Table 1 provides recommendations for frequency of monitoring of renal function in patients taking tenofovir prodrugs (TDF and TAF) that does not distinguish formulation used.

Either of the MDRD or CKD-EPI equations can be used to measure estimated glomerular filtration rates (GFRs, see the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Health Information Center Glomerular Filtration Rate Calculators). Using the same method of estimation over time is recommended. Certain ARVs have been associated with decreased glomerular secretion of creatinine, leading to a small rise in serum creatinine levels without concomitant decline in GFR. These agents include rilpivirine, dolutegravir, bictegravir, and the pharmaco-enhancer cobicistat. A recent consensus statement from Australia recommends that serum creatinine levels be checked 1 month after initiation of these agents to establish a new “baseline” measurement Holt, et al. 2014. However, no data suggest this approach alters clinical management. Estimation of GFR with a serum cystatin C measurement may provide a more accurate assessment in patients taking agents that affect creatinine secretion and is increasingly utilized in clinical practice Galizzi, et al. 2018Yukawa, et al. 2018.

Finally, a number of protease inhibitors (PIs), including indinavir and atazanavir, have been shown to cause crystal-induced nephropathy.

  • Testing of serum creatinine levels 1 month after initiation of cobicistat, bictegravir, dolutegravir, and rilpivirine establishes a new “baseline.” These drugs are associated with decreased secretion of creatinine, leading to higher serum creatinine levels without a concomitant decline in GFR.


Most ARVs have the potential to cause idiopathic abnormalities in liver function, especially in patients with preexisting liver disease. As a class, non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs) show the highest rates of hepatotoxicity, most notably with the first-generation NNRTI nevirapine and, to a lesser extent, efavirenz. Because drug-induced hepatotoxicity of any kind generally occurs within the first 6 to 12 weeks of treatment, there is no recommended distinction in terms of frequency of monitoring based on the ART regimen.

Dyslipidemia, Insulin Resistance, and Diabetes Mellitus

ART has been associated with weight gain, dyslipidemia, metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, and new-onset diabetes mellitus. A range of untoward lipid effects has been observed with a variety of ARVs, including PIs, NNRTIs, and certain nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs). In general, such changes are small and do not result in pharmacologic changes to lipid management. The traditional risk factors for metabolic disorders—such as age, weight, and diet—are stronger risk factors for metabolic disease than ART toxicity. Nevertheless, in several studies, patients with HIV had a higher rate of cardiovascular disease than controls without HIV Freiberg, et al. 2013Currier, et al. 2003 (see 2019 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease). The use of certain ritonavir-boosted PIs has been associated with an increased risk of myocardial infarction in long-term observational studies Ryom, et al. 2018Friis-Moller, et al. 2007.

Table 1: Minimum Laboratory Monitoring Frequency With Initiation of or Change in ART for Patients <50 Years Old and Without Chronic Comorbidities does not provide specific recommendations for lipid profile testing in patients on ART. In most patients, screening should follow recommendations for the general population Goff, et al. 2014Siu 2015. However, clinicians may opt to perform more frequent lipid testing in patients with underlying cardiovascular comorbidities and those taking a PI-based therapy.


Bone marrow suppression as a consequence of ART is rare and most often associated with the use of zidovudine. The most common cytopenia caused by zidovudine is a macrocytic anemia. In resource-rich settings, early treatment and newer regimens have made cytopenias an extremely rare complication of ART. Only patients receiving zidovudine as part of their antiretroviral regimen require monitoring of blood counts.

Pancreatitis and Lactic Acidosis

In the early era of ART, the NRTIs stavudine and didanosine were associated with a significantly increased risk of both pancreatitis and lactic acidosis. However, pancreatitis and lactic acidosis are exceedingly rare complications with current ART regimens. Therefore, routine laboratory monitoring of serum lipase and lactic acid to detect these abnormalities is not recommended with contemporary ART regimens.

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Frequency of Laboratory Monitoring During ART

Shared Decision-Making

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Date of current publication: August 8, 2023
Lead authors:
Jessica Rodrigues, MS; Jessica M. Atrio, MD, MSc; and Johanna L. Gribble, MA
Writing group: Steven M. Fine, MD, PhD; Rona M. Vail, MD; Samuel T. Merrick, MD; Asa E. Radix, MD, MPH, PhD; Christopher J. Hoffmann, MD, MPH; Charles J. Gonzalez, MD
Committee: Medical Care Criteria Committee
Date of original publication: August 8, 2023


Throughout its guidelines, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) AIDS Institute (AI) Clinical Guidelines Program recommends “shared decision-making,” an individualized process central to patient-centered care. With shared decision-making, clinicians and patients engage in meaningful dialogue to arrive at an informed, collaborative decision about a patient’s health, care, and treatment planning. The approach to shared decision-making described here applies to recommendations included in all program guidelines. The included elements are drawn from a comprehensive review of multiple sources and similar  attempts to define shared decision-making, including the Institute of Medicine’s original description [Institute of Medicine 2001]. For more information, a variety of informative resources and suggested readings are included at the end of the discussion.


The benefits to patients that have been associated with a shared decision-making approach include:

  • Decreased anxiety [Niburski, et al. 2020; Stalnikowicz and Brezis 2020]
  • Increased trust in clinicians [Acree, et al. 2020; Groot, et al. 2020; Stalnikowicz and Brezis 2020]
  • Improved engagement in preventive care [McNulty, et al. 2022; Scalia, et al. 2022; Bertakis and Azari 2011]
  • Improved treatment adherence, clinical outcomes, and satisfaction with care [Crawford, et al. 2021; Bertakis and Azari 2011; Robinson, et al. 2008]
  • Increased knowledge, confidence, empowerment, and self-efficacy [Chen, et al. 2021; Coronado-Vázquez, et al. 2020; Niburski, et al. 2020]


Collaborative care: Shared decision-making is an approach to healthcare delivery that respects a patient’s autonomy in responding to a clinician’s recommendations and facilitates dynamic, personalized, and collaborative care. Through this process, a clinician engages a patient in an open and respectful dialogue to elicit the patient’s knowledge, experience, healthcare goals, daily routine, lifestyle, support system, cultural and personal identity, and attitudes toward behavior, treatment, and risk. With this information and the clinician’s clinical expertise, the patient and clinician can collaborate to identify, evaluate, and choose from among available healthcare options [Coulter and Collins 2011]. This process emphasizes the importance of a patient’s values, preferences, needs, social context, and lived experience in evaluating the known benefits, risks, and limitations of a clinician’s recommendations for screening, prevention, treatment, and follow-up. As a result, shared decision-making also respects a patient’s autonomy, agency, and capacity in defining and managing their healthcare goals. Building a clinician-patient relationship rooted in shared decision-making can help clinicians engage in productive discussions with patients whose decisions may not align with optimal health outcomes. Fostering open and honest dialogue to understand a patient’s motivations while suspending judgment to reduce harm and explore alternatives is particularly vital when a patient chooses to engage in practices that may exacerbate or complicate health conditions [Halperin, et al. 2007].

Options: Implicit in the shared decision-making process is the recognition that the “right” healthcare decisions are those made by informed patients and clinicians working toward patient-centered and defined healthcare goals. When multiple options are available, shared decision-making encourages thoughtful discussion of the potential benefits and potential harms of all options, which may include doing nothing or waiting. This approach also acknowledges that efficacy may not be the most important factor in a patient’s preferences and choices [Sewell, et al. 2021].

Clinician awareness: The collaborative process of shared decision-making is enhanced by a clinician’s ability to demonstrate empathic interest in the patient, avoid stigmatizing language, employ cultural humility, recognize systemic barriers to equitable outcomes, and practice strategies of self-awareness and mitigation against implicit personal biases [Parish, et al. 2019].

Caveats: It is important for clinicians to recognize and be sensitive to the inherent power and influence they maintain throughout their interactions with patients. A clinician’s identity and community affiliations may influence their ability to navigate the shared decision-making process and develop a therapeutic alliance with the patient and may affect the treatment plan [KFF 2023; Greenwood, et al. 2020]. Furthermore, institutional policy and regional legislation, such as requirements for parental consent for gender-affirming care for transgender people or insurance coverage for sexual health care, may infringe upon a patient’s ability to access preventive- or treatment-related care [Sewell, et al. 2021].

Figure 1: Elements of Shared Decision-Making

Figure 1: Elements of Shared Decision-Making

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Health equity: Adapting a shared decision-making approach that supports diverse populations is necessary to achieve more equitable and inclusive health outcomes [Castaneda-Guarderas, et al. 2016]. For instance, clinicians may need to incorporate cultural- and community-specific considerations into discussions with women, gender-diverse individuals, and young people concerning their sexual behaviors, fertility intentions, and pregnancy or lactation status. Shared decision-making offers an opportunity to build trust among marginalized and disenfranchised communities by validating their symptoms, values, and lived experience. Furthermore, it can allow for improved consistency in patient screening and assessment of prevention options and treatment plans, which can reduce the influence of social constructs and implicit bias [Castaneda-Guarderas, et al. 2016].

Clinician bias has been associated with health disparities and can have profoundly negative effects [FitzGerald and Hurst 2017; Hall, et al. 2015]. It is often challenging for clinicians to recognize and set aside personal biases and to address biases with peers and colleagues. Consciously or unconsciously, negative or stigmatizing assumptions are often made about patient characteristics, such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, mental health, and substance use [Avery, et al. 2019; van Boekel, et al. 2013; Livingston, et al. 2012]. With its emphasis on eliciting patient information, a shared decision-making approach encourages clinicians to inquire about patients’ lived experiences rather than making assumptions and to recognize the influence of that experience in healthcare decision-making.

Stigma: Stigma may prevent individuals from seeking or receiving treatment and harm reduction services [Tsai, et al. 2019]. Among people with HIV, stigma and medical mistrust remain significant barriers to healthcare utilization, HIV diagnosis, and medication adherence and can affect disease outcomes [Turan, et al. 2017; Chambers, et al. 2015], and stigma among clinicians against people who use substances has been well-documented [Stone, et al. 2021; Tsai, et al. 2019; van Boekel, et al. 2013]. Sexual and reproductive health, including strategies to prevent HIV transmission, acquisition, and progression, may be subject to stigma, bias, social influence, and violence.

  • As prevention and treatment modalities in HIV care expand (i.e., vaccines, barriers, injectables, implants, on-demand therapies), it is important for clinicians to ask patients about their goals for prevention and treatment rather than assume that efficacy is the primary factor in patient preference [Sewell, et al. 2021].
  • The shared decision-making approach to clinical care enhances patient knowledge and uptake of new technologies and behavioral practices that align with the patient’s unique preferences and identity [Sewell, et al. 2021], ensures that the selection of a care plan is mutually agreed upon, and considers the patient’s ability to effectively use and adhere to the selected course of prevention or treatment.

Resources and Suggested Reading

In addition to the references cited below, the following resources and suggested reading may be useful to clinicians.


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Avery JD, Taylor KE, Kast KA, et al. Attitudes toward individuals with mental illness and substance use disorders among resident physicians. Prim Care Companion CNS Disord 2019;21(1):18m02382. [PMID: 30620451]

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Castaneda-Guarderas A, Glassberg J, Grudzen CR, et al. Shared decision making with vulnerable populations in the emergency department. Acad Emerg Med 2016;23(12):1410-16. [PMID: 27860022]

Chambers LA, Rueda S, Baker DN, et al. Stigma, HIV and health: a qualitative synthesis. BMC Public Health 2015;15:848. [PMID: 26334626]

Chen CH, Kang YN, Chiu PY, et al. Effectiveness of shared decision-making intervention in patients with lumbar degenerative diseases: a randomized controlled trial. Patient Educ Couns 2021;104(10):2498-2504. [PMID: 33741234]

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Updates, Authorship, and Related Guidelines

Updates, Authorship, and Related Guidelines
Date of original publication September 10, 2019
Date of current publication June 08, 2021
Highlights of changes, additions, and updates in the June 08, 2021 edition

Updated: Table 1: Minimum Laboratory Monitoring Frequency With Initiation of or Change in ART for Patients <50 Years Old and Without Chronic Comorbidities to recommend laboratory monitoring of renal function in patients taking tenofovir alafenamide (TAF) at the same frequency as for patients taking tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF).

Intended users Clinicians providing ambulatory care for patients with HIV
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Noga Shalev, MD

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Joseph P. McGowan, MD, FACP, FIDSA; Steven M. Fine, MD, PhD; Rona Vail, MD; Samuel T. Merrick, MD; Asa Radix, MD, MPH, PhD; Christopher J. Hoffmann, MD, MPH; Charles J. Gonzalez, MD

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Update process
  • JHU editorial staff ensure that each guideline is reviewed and determined to be current upon the 3-year anniversary of publication; guidelines that provide clinical recommendations in rapidly changing areas of practice may be reviewed annually. Published literature is surveilled to identify new evidence that may prompt changes to existing recommendations or development of new recommendations.
  • If changes in the standard of care, newly published studies, new drug approval, new drug-related warning, or a public health emergency indicate the need for immediate change to published guidelines, committee leadership will make recommendations and immediate updates and will invite full committee review as indicated.
Recommendation Ratings Scheme
Strength Quality of Evidence
Rating Definition Rating Definition
A Strong 1 Based on published results of at least 1 randomized clinical trial with clinical outcomes or validated laboratory endpoints.
B Moderate * Based on either a self-evident conclusion; conclusive, published, in vitro data; or well-established practice that cannot be tested because ethics would preclude a clinical trial.
C Optional 2 Based on published results of at least 1 well-designed, nonrandomized clinical trial or observational cohort study with long-term clinical outcomes.
2† Extrapolated from published results of well-designed studies (including nonrandomized clinical trials) conducted in populations other than those specifically addressed by a recommendation. The source(s) of the extrapolated evidence and the rationale for the extrapolation are provided in the guideline text. One example would be results of studies conducted predominantly in a subpopulation (e.g., one gender) that the committee determines to be generalizable to the population under consideration in the guideline.
3 Based on committee expert opinion, with rationale provided in the guideline text.

Last updated on January 18, 2024