Predictors of Clinical Progression in HIV-1-Infected Adults Initiating Combination Antiretroviral Therapy with Advanced Disease in the Asia Pacific Region: Results from the TREAT Asia HIV Observational Database.
Jul 19 2013
The majority of HIV-infected patients in developing countries commences combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) with advanced disease. We examined predictors of disease progression in patients initiating cART with CD4 count ≤200 cells/mm(3) in the TREAT Asia HIV Observational Database. The main outcome measure was progression to either an AIDS-defining illness or death occurring 6 months after initiation of cART. We used survival analysis methods. A total of 1255 patients contributed 2696 person years of follow-up; 73 were diagnosed with AIDS and 9 died. The rate of progression to the combined end point was 3.0 per 100 person years. The factors significantly associated with a higher risk of disease progression were Indian ethnicity, infection through intravenous drug use, lower CD4 count, and hemoglobin ≤130 g/dL at 6 months. In conclusion, measurements of CD4 count and hemoglobin at month 6 may be useful for early identification of disease progression in resource-limited settings.
HIV, antiretroviral therapy, disease progression, resource-limited settings
PMID: 23422741 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]