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A Study on the Rate of Opportunistic (AIDS-Related) Infections Among HIV-Positive Children Who Have Stopped Taking Their OI Preventive Medications

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00001078
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 31, 2001
Last Update Posted : March 2, 2011
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
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National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Brief Summary:

The purpose of this study is to find out if it is safe for HIV-positive children who are responding well to their anti-HIV treatment to stop taking medications that prevent AIDS-related infections (opportunistic infections) such as pneumonia and other bacterial infections. This is an observational study, meaning children will only be monitored to see if they develop any infections.

Children have been receiving medications to prevent complications of HIV infection, such as Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP), Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) disease, or other bacterial infections. It is common for HIV-positive patients with low CD4 counts to receive these preventive medications. However, these drugs can have serious side effects, they are expensive, and it is possible for bacteria resistant to the drugs to grow. For these reasons, it may be beneficial to the child to stop taking these preventive medications if he/she has been on anti-HIV (antiretroviral) therapy and has improved CD4 counts. This study will look at how many children who stop taking their medications develop opportunistic infections.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
HIV Infections Biological: Hepatitis A Vaccine (Inactivated) Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

Due to the strong correlation between a significant decrease in CD4 count and the frequency and magnitude of OIs such as Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP), Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC), and severe bacterial infections, CD4 count has become the major criterion for initiating antimicrobial prophylaxis for OIs. However, despite the benefits of these antimicrobial drugs, all are associated with adverse side effects, and patients with reconstituted immune systems following antiretroviral therapy may be receiving prophylaxis unnecessarily. Benefits to stopping prophylaxis include: (1) elimination of adverse effects from drugs; (2) reduction in drug costs; and (3) removal of selective pressure for the development of drug-resistant microbes. These benefits must be weighed against the disadvantages, however, such as more frequent determinations of CD4 counts to assure maintenance of immunocompetence, more frequent occurrence of serious OIs otherwise preventable with prophylaxis in patients lost to follow-up, and possible occurrence of atypical PCP because of prior exposure to anti-PCP drugs. [AS PER AMENDMENT 04/26/02: The extent of complete immune restitution has not yet been defined. An important corollary of an incomplete immune recovery is that vaccination schedules might need to be adjusted to obtain optimal responses in HIV-infected patients on highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). Therefore, a third dose of hepatitis A virus vaccine will be administered.]

After pre-entry and entry laboratory studies, patients are followed every 8 weeks until the last patient has completed 104 weeks of study observation. Hepatitis A vaccination is administered at entry and Week 24 to measure responses to neoantigen. [AS PER AMENDMENT 04/26/02: All patients (except those co-enrolled in P1024 on or after November 1, 2001) who have received 2 doses of hepatitis A virus vaccine during the study will be offered an opportunity to enroll in Step II of P1008. Patients in Step II receive a third dose of hepatitis A vaccination at Week 104 or later. Additional blood samples are taken 8 weeks later for antibody detection and peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC) cryopreservation.] All serious bacterial infections that are Grade 3 or higher and OI events are recorded and compared to historical event rates. Virologic and immunologic marker studies are done in all patients and correlated with the risk of developing serious bacterial infections or OI events. Patients are considered to have reached an endpoint if they develop PCP, 2 serious bacterial infections, other Category C OI diagnoses, or CD4% less than 15% and re-initiation of PCP prophylaxis.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 200 participants
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: An Observational Study of the Rate of Opportunistic Infection Events in HIV-Infected Children Who Have Demonstrated Immunologic Reconstitution and Who Have Discontinued OI Prophylaxis
Actual Primary Completion Date : May 2005

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MedlinePlus related topics: HIV/AIDS

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Ages Eligible for Study:   2 Years to 21 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria

Children may be eligible for this study if they:

  • Are HIV-positive.
  • Have a CD4 percent greater than or equal to 25 percent if they are under 6 years of age, or have a CD4 percent greater than or equal to 20 percent on 2 occasions if they are between the ages of 6 and 21.
  • Have been receiving preventive treatment for PCP for at least 6 months and have not stopped treatment for more than 3 months before study entry.
  • Are willing to stop taking preventive treatment for PCP and MAC.
  • Have received the same continuous antiretroviral (anti-HIV) therapy for the 16 weeks before beginning the study. (Continuous therapy means missing no more than a total of 3 weeks during the 16 weeks.)
  • Are between the ages of 2 and 21 years (consent of parent or guardian is required if under 18).

Exclusion Criteria

Children will not be eligible for this study if they:

  • Have PCP.
  • Have any other active infection, such as tuberculosis or toxoplasmosis, or any other significant disease.
  • Are receiving chemotherapy for cancer or certain other medications.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00001078

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Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
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Study Chair: Wayne Dankner
Study Chair: Ram Yogev
Study Chair: Walter Hughes

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Other Study ID Numbers: ACTG P1008
First Posted: August 31, 2001    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 2, 2011
Last Verified: July 2005
Keywords provided by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID):
Viral Vaccines
AIDS-Related Opportunistic Infections
Anti-HIV Agents
Hepatitis A Virus, Human
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Communicable Diseases
Opportunistic Infections
Virus Diseases
Parasitic Diseases
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs