Treatment durability and virological response in treatment-experienced HIV-positive patients on an integrase inhibitor-based regimen: an Australian cohort study.
Apr 21 2016
Background: Integrase inhibitors (INSTI) are a newer class of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs that offer additional treatment options for experienced patients. Our aim is to describe treatment durability and virological outcomes in treatment-experienced HIV-positive patients using INSTI-based regimens. Methods: All patients in the Australian HIV Observational Database who had received an INSTI-based regimen ≥ 14 days as well as previous therapy were included in the study. We defined two groups of treatment-experienced patients: (1) those starting a second-line regimen with INSTI; and (2) highly experienced patients, defined as having prior exposure to all three main ARV classes, nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor, nonnucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors and protease inhibitors, before commencing INSTI. Survival methods were used to determine time to viral suppression and treatment switch, stratified by patient treatment experience. Covariates of interest included age, gender, hepatitis B and C co-infection, previous antiretroviral treatment time, patient treatment experience and baseline viral load. Results: Time to viral suppression and regimen switching from INSTI initiation was similar for second-line and highly experienced patients. The probability of achieving viral suppression at 6 months was 77.7% for second-line patients and 68.4% for highly experienced patients. There were 60 occurrences of regimen switching away from INSTI observed over 1274.0 person-years, a crude rate of 4.71 (95% CI: 3.66-6.07) per 100 person-years. Patient treatment experience was not a significant factor for regimen switch according to multivariate analysis, adjusting for relevant covariates. Conclusions: We found that INSTI-based regimens were potent and durable in experienced HIV-positive patients receiving treatment outside clinical trials. These results confirm that INSTI-based regimens are a robust treatment option.