Posts filed under ‘Antirretrovirales’

Discovering drugs to treat coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Drug Discov Ther. 2020 V.14 N.1 P.58-60.

Dong L1, Hu S2, Gao J1.


The SARS-CoV-2 virus emerged in December 2019 and then spread rapidly worldwide, particularly to China, Japan, and South Korea. Scientists are endeavoring to find antivirals specific to the virus. Several drugs such as chloroquine, arbidol, remdesivir, and favipiravir are currently undergoing clinical studies to test their efficacy and safety in the treatment of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in China; some promising results have been achieved thus far. This article summarizes agents with potential efficacy against SARS-CoV-2.



March 23, 2020 at 11:59 am

Compromised CD4:CD8 ratio recovery in people living with HIV aged over 50 years: an observational study.

HIV Med. February 2020 V.21 N.2 P.109-118.

Francis-Morris A1, Mackie NE2, Eliahoo J3, Ramzan F2, Fidler S1,4, Pollock KM1,2,4.



Persistent CD4:CD8 ratio inversion (< 1) is associated with mortality in older people. We investigated the interaction of the effects of baseline CD8 count and age at HIV diagnosis on CD4:CD8 ratio recovery with antiretroviral therapy (ART).


An observational study (1 January 2007 to 31 December 2016) was carried out using routinely collected data from the HIV outpatient services at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London, UK. CD4 and CD8 counts, prior to and during ART, treatment during primary HIV infection (PHI) and HIV-1 viral load were included in univariate and multivariate analyses using Cox proportional hazard regression.


Data were included for 876 patients starting ART, where HIV suppression was achieved. Of these patients, 741 of 876 (84.6%) were male and 507 of 876 (57.9%) were Caucasian. The median time on ART was 38 [interquartile range (IQR) 17-66] months. CD8 count change on ART was bidirectional; low CD8 counts (≤ 600 cells/μL) increased and high CD8 counts (> 900 cells/μL) decreased. The median pre-ART CD4:CD8 ratio was 0.41 (IQR 0.24-0.63), and recovery (≥ 1) occurred in 274 of 876 patients (31.3%). Pre- and post-ART CD4:CD8 ratios were lower in those aged > 50 years compared with young adults aged 18-30 years (P < 0.001 and P = 0.002, respectively). After adjustment, younger age at HIV diagnosis (P < 0.001) and treatment during PHI (P < 0.001) were favourable for CD4:CD8 ratio normalization.


Older age (> 50 years) at HIV diagnosis was associated with persistent CD4:CD8 ratio inversion, whereas treatment of PHI was protective. These findings confirm the need for testing and early treatment of people aged > 50 years, and could be used in a risk management algorithm for enhanced surveillance.


March 4, 2020 at 3:38 pm

2020-01 Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in Adults and Adolescents with HIV 378 pag DHHS

Developed by the DHHS Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents – A Working Group of the Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council (OARAC)

What’s New in the Guidelines? (Last updated December 18, 2019 and last reviewed December 18, 2019)

* Antiretroviral Therapy to Prevent Sexual Transmission of HIV (Treatment as Prevention)

* Dolutegravir Recommendations for Individuals of Childbearing Potential

* Laboratory Testing for Initial Assessment and Monitoring of People with HIV Receiving Antiretroviral   Therapy

* Initiation of Antiretroviral Therapy

* What to Start

* Optimizing Antiretroviral Therapy in the Setting of Virologic Suppression

* Acute and Recent (Early) HIV Infection

* HIV and the Older Person

* Tuberculosis/HIV Coinfection

* Cost Considerations and Antiretroviral Therapy

* Table Updates


January 10, 2020 at 7:32 am

Predictors of Viremia in Postpartum Women on Antiretroviral Therapy.

J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. January 1, 2020 V.83 N.1 P.72-80.


HIV-infected, postpartum women on antiretroviral therapy (ART) have high rates of viremia. We examined predictors of postpartum viremia in the PROMISE study.


Women with pre-ART CD4+ T-cell counts ≥400 cells/mm3 who started ART during pregnancy were randomized postpartum to continue ART (CTART) or discontinue ART (DCART). Viral load and self-reported adherence were collected every 12 weeks, up to 144 weeks. Women in DCART reinitiated therapy when clinically indicated. Viremia was defined as 2 consecutive viral loads >1000 copies/mL after 24 weeks on ART. Adherence was dichotomized as missing versus not missing ART doses in the past 4 weeks. Predictors of viremia were examined using Cox proportional hazards regression with adherence as a time-varying covariate.


Among 802 women in the CTART arm, median age at entry was 27 years and median CD4+ T-cell count 696 cells/mm3. Of 175 women in CTART with viremia (22%), 141 had resistance data, and 12% had resistance to their current regimen. There was an estimated 0.12 probability of viremia by week 48 and 0.25 by week 144. Predictors of viremia included missed ART doses within the past 4 weeks, younger age, shorter duration of pre-entry ART, and being from the South American/Caribbean region. Of 137 women in DCART who reinitiated therapy, probability of viremia was similar to CTART (0.24 by week 96; 0.27 by week 144).


Rates of postpartum viremia are high and viremia is more likely in younger postpartum women who start ART later in pregnancy. Interventions should target these higher-risk women.



January 1, 2020 at 11:39 am

Changes in Body Mass Index and Atherosclerotic Disease Risk Score After Switching From Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate to Tenofovir Alafenamide.

Open Forum Infect Dis. October 4, 2019 V.6 N.10

Schafer JJ1, Sassa KN1, O’Connor JR1, Shimada A2, Keith SW2, DeSimone JA3.



Switching from tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) to tenofovir alafenamide (TAF)-containing antiretroviral therapy (ART) can improve renal function and bone mineral density in people with human immunodeficiency virus (PWH). The switch can also negatively influence cholesterol, but changes in body mass index (BMI) and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) risk are unknown.


This retrospective observational study evaluated BMI and ASCVD risk score changes in virologically suppressed PWH who switched from TDF to TAF without switching other ART regimen components. Adults on TDF for ≥1 year with 2 consecutive HIV ribonucleic acid values <200 copies/mL before a TAF switch were included. Body weight, BMI, cholesterol, and ASCVD risk score were collected for the year before and after the switch. Pre- and postswitch values were compared with the Wilcoxon signed-rank test. Changes in BMI and ASCVD scores were modeled using generalized estimating equations regression.


One hundred ten patients were included. In unadjusted analyses, there were significant increases in weight, BMI, total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, and ASCVD risk score in the year after switching from TDF to TAF (each P ≤ .01). In regression models, switching from TDF to TAF was associated with a 0.45 kg/m2 increase in BMI (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.14-0.76) and a 13% increase in ASCVD risk score (95% CI, 4%-23%).


We observed significant BMI and ASCVD score increases in PWH 1 year after switching from TDF to TAF. The mechanism of changes is unclear and requires additional study.


November 26, 2019 at 7:19 am

A New Perspective on HIV Diagnostics: Reinterpretation in the Age of Early Treatment

Clin. Microbiol. October 2019 V.57 N.10


Early treatment of HIV infection with antiretroviral therapy in recently identified HIV-infected individuals reduces viral replication and decreases the risk of transmission.

The screening and supplemental, confirmatory assays used to identify infection are influenced by early treatment and may obscure a clear diagnosis of HIV infection.

In this issue of the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, Manak et al. demonstrate the impact of antiretroviral therapy on the evolution of biomarkers that have traditionally been used for identifying HIV infection



September 24, 2019 at 3:18 pm

Possible clearance of transfusion-acquired nef/LTR-deleted attenuated HIV-1 infection by an elite controller with CCR5 Δ32 heterozygous and HLA-B57 genotype

J Virus Erad April 2019  5:73

Zaunders J et al.


Subject C135 is one of the members of the Sydney Blood Bank Cohort, infected in 1981 through transfusion with attenuated nef/3′ long terminal repeat (LTR)-deleted HIV-1, and has maintained undetectable plasma viral load and steady CD4 cell count, in the absence of therapy. Uniquely, C135 combines five factors separately associated with control of viraemia: nef/LTR-deleted HIV-1, HLA-B57, HLA-DR13, heterozygous CCR5 Δ32 genotype and vigorous p24-stimulated peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC) proliferation. Therefore, we studied in detail viral burden and immunological responses in this individual.


PBMC and gut and lymph node biopsy samples were analysed for proviral HIV-1 DNA by real-time and nested PCRs, and nef/LTR alleles by nested PCR. HIV-specific antibodies were studied by Western blotting, and CD4+ and CD8+ T lymphocyte responses were measured by proliferation and cytokine production in vitro.


PBMC samples from 1996, but not since, showed amplification of nef alleles with gross deletions. Infectious HIV-1 was never recovered. Proviral HIV-1 DNA was not detected in recent PBMC or gut or lymph node biopsy samples. C135 has a consistently weak antibody response and a substantial CD4+ T cell proliferative response to a previously described HLA-DR13-restricted epitope of HIV-1 p24 in vitro, which augmented a CD8+ T cell response to an immunodominant HLA-B57-restricted epitope of p24, while his T cells show reduced levels of CCR5.


Subject C135’s early PCR and weak antibody results are consistent with limited infection with a poorly replicating nef/LTR-deleted strain of HIV-1. With his HLA-B57-restricted gag-specific CD8 and helper HLA-DR13-restricted CD4 T cell proliferative responses, C135 appears to have cleared his HIV-1 infection 37 years after transfusion.



July 16, 2019 at 8:46 am

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