Safety and Efficacy of Polyethylene Glycolated IL-2 (PEG IL-2) Plus Zidovudine or Dideoxyinosine in HIV Positive, Asymptomatic and Symptomatic Individuals
To investigate the safety of polyethylene glycolated interleukin-2 (PEG IL-2) given subcutaneously in conjunction with antiviral treatment and to explore the effects of treatment on surrogate markers of efficacy and incidence of opportunistic infection and other clinical markers of HIV disease.
Drug: Interleukin-2, Polyethylene Glycolated
|Study Design:||Endpoint Classification: Safety Study
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Safety and Efficacy of Polyethylene Glycolated IL-2 (PEG IL-2) Plus Zidovudine or Dideoxyinosine in HIV Positive, Asymptomatic and Symptomatic Individuals|
Four escalating doses of PEG IL-2 are studied. Patients are stratified by CD4 level. CD4 levels in Group A are 200 to 500 cells/mm3; in Group B - 1 to less than 200 cells/mm3. Further stratification is by p24 positive or negative, antiviral therapy for more or less than a year, and zidovudine (AZT) versus didanosine (ddI). The duration of PEG IL-2 treatment is a maximum of 28 weeks. This is an outpatient study; patients will be observed for four hours after the first dose of PEG IL-2 and for one hour after subsequent doses.