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A Study to Examine the Effects of Stopping Preventive Therapy for Disseminated Mycobacterium Avium Complex (DMAC) in HIV-Positive Patients

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: NCT00000907
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 31, 2001
Last Update Posted : July 30, 2008
Information provided by:
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Brief Summary:

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effects of stopping preventive therapy for DMAC in HIV-positive patients who (1) have been treated for DMAC for at least 12 months and are now free of any signs of DMAC for at least 16 weeks, and (2) have improved immune systems (CD4 cell counts greater than or equal to 100 cells/mm3) due to anti-HIV drug therapy.

DMAC is a serious and sometimes life-threatening infection that usually affects only HIV-positive patients with CD4 cell counts (cells of the immune system that fight infection) less than 50 cells/mm3. It is recommended that people who are likely to get DMAC be placed on preventive medications which help reduce the risk of infection. New anti-HIV combination drug therapies can increase CD4 cell counts and can reduce the level of HIV in the blood. When CD4 counts are increased, risk of DMAC infection is less. This study examines whether it is possible to stop preventive therapy for DMAC when CD4 counts are high without placing individuals at risk for getting DMAC again.

Condition or disease
Mycobacterium Avium-Intracellulare Infection HIV Infections

Detailed Description:

A growing body of evidence suggests AIDS-related morbidity and mortality significantly decrease where potent antiretroviral therapies are used. HAART (highly active antiretroviral therapy) seems to significantly reduce the incidence of MAC. This study tests the validity of those observations.

Peripheral blood cultures and bone marrow (aspirate) samples from 50 eligible patients previously diagnosed with disseminated Mycobacterium avium complex (DMAC) are assessed for microbiologic sterilization of MAC at the time of study entry. If either bone marrow or blood cultures test positive for MAC, patients are discontinued from study. If cultures prove sterile, patients receive 6 weeks of treatment and then discontinue MAC therapy at Week 6 (entry into Step 2 of study). They are then monitored for clinical signs and symptoms of MAC recurrence and for the presence of mycobacteria in blood cultures. In cases of increased viral load during study, modification of antiretroviral therapy is allowed at the discretion of the patient's provider.

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Study Type : Observational
Enrollment : 50 participants
Official Title: A Study of Discontinuing Maintenance Therapy in Subjects With Disseminated Mycobacterium Avium Complex (DMAC)

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Ages Eligible for Study:   13 Years and older   (Child, Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria

Patients may be eligible for this study if they:

  • Are HIV-positive.
  • Have 2 CD4 cell counts greater than or equal to 100 cells/mm3 within 60 days and 14 days prior to entry. Measurements must be taken at least 24 hours apart.
  • Have been treated for DMAC with a drug regimen including at least 2 antimycobacterial drugs for at least 12 months, and have been free of symptoms for at least 16 weeks prior to study entry.
  • Have been on anti-HIV therapy for at least 16 weeks and have been on stable anti-HIV therapy for at least 8 weeks prior to study entry.
  • Are at least 13 years old (need consent of parent or guardian if under 18).

Exclusion Criteria

Patients will not be eligible for this study if they:

  • Have any active infection (unless they have been on stable chronic suppressive therapy for at least 3 months).
  • Are pregnant.

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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00000907

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Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
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Study Chair: Judith Aberg
Study Chair: Judith Currier
Additional Information:
Aberg, C. A study of discontinuing maintenance therapy in subjects with disseminated Mycobacterium avium complex. Program and abstracts of the 9th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections. 9th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections. 2002, February 24-28; Seattle Washington (abstract no634)

Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00000907    
Other Study ID Numbers: ACTG 393
First Posted: August 31, 2001    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 30, 2008
Last Verified: June 2003
Keywords provided by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID):
AIDS-Related Opportunistic Infections
Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare Infection
Immunity, Cellular
Antibiotics, Macrolide
Mycobacterium avium Complex
CD4 Lymphocyte Count
Disease Progression
Anti-HIV Agents
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Communicable Diseases
Mycobacterium Infections
Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare Infection
Actinomycetales Infections
Gram-Positive Bacterial Infections
Bacterial Infections
Mycobacterium Infections, Nontuberculous