Observational Study of Antiretroviral (ARV) Response in a Cohort of African Children Using Viral Load Monitoring (RELATES)
Background: Treatment of HIV-1 infected Ugandan children with antiretroviral therapy (ART) is increasing but few prospective long-term studies evaluating the treatment process have been reported. In this study we sought to determine prospectively how consistent monitoring of HIV-1 RNA levels impacts the ART treatment process.
Methods: One hundred and eight children initiating ART were enrolled into this study. These children had comprehensive laboratory monitoring including HIV-1 RNA level determination and genotype analysis (where appropriate), CD4 % plus absolute counts, and safety laboratory measurements performed prior to starting therapy and at regular intervals after receiving ART. Kaplan-Meier statistics were used to examine predictors of survival and virologic failure. Viral genotype analysis was performed on samples obtained from children having virologic failure to determent the emergence of mutations.
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
|Official Title:||HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) Subtype and ARV Response in African Children|
Plasma obtained fron participants