Same-Day HIV Testing and Treatment Initiation to Improve Retention in Care

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified June 2015 by Brigham and Women's Hospital
Sponsor:
Collaborators:
GHESKIO
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Harvard Medical School
Florida International University
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Serena Patricia Koenig, Brigham and Women's Hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01900080
First received: July 12, 2013
Last updated: June 7, 2015
Last verified: June 2015

July 12, 2013
June 7, 2015
August 2013
August 2015   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Retention in care with undetectable viral load [ Time Frame: 12 months after HIV testing ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
Proportion of patients who are alive and in-care with a plasma HIV-1 RNA level <50 copies at 12 months after HIV testing
Same as current
Complete list of historical versions of study NCT01900080 on ClinicalTrials.gov Archive Site
Adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART), measured by pharmacy refill records [ Time Frame: 6 months after ART initiation ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
Comparison of adherence for the first 6 months of ART between the two groups using pharmacy refill records
Same as current
Cost-effectiveness [ Time Frame: 12 months after HIV testing ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
To compare the cost and cost-effectiveness of standard and same-day ART, where cost is measured by the mean treatment cost and effectiveness is measured by being alive and in care with a plasma HIV-1 RNA level <50 copies/ml at 12 months after HIV testing
Same as current
 
Same-Day HIV Testing and Treatment Initiation to Improve Retention in Care
Same-Day HIV Testing and Treatment Initiation to Improve Retention in Care

The purpose of this study is to determine if same-day HIV testing and antiretroviral therapy (ART) initiation improves retention in care (as measured by the proportion of participants who are alive and in-care with an undetectable viral load 12 months after HIV testing), compared with standard of care (three visits prior to ART initiation). Secondary outcomes include comparisons of 6-month adherence and cost-effectiveness between the two groups.

In June 2015, enrollment is anticipated for a new sub-study. This sub-study, funded by MAC AIDS, will include patients with WHO stage 1 or 2 disease and CD4 count >500 cells/mm3. The purpose of the sub-study is to compare 6-month retention for patients who receive same-day ART vs. standard pre-ART care. Secondary outcomes include adherence to INH and Bactrim, and cost-effectiveness between the two groups.

The proposed study is a randomized trial to establish the effectiveness of same-day ART initiation for patients who present for HIV testing with early HIV clinical disease (World Health Organization [WHO] stage 1 or 2) who qualify for ART by immunologic criteria (CD4 cell count ≤500 cells/mm3) with rapid CD4 cell testing at the GHESKIO Center in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. All patients in the intervention group will receive rapid HIV antibody testing, CD4 cell testing, clinically relevant testing for opportunistic infections, WHO staging, comprehensive counseling and social support, and ART initiation on the day of presentation. The standard group will receive the same services as the same-day ART group (including CD4 cell testing) except that instead of same-day ART, they will receive the standard GHESKIO protocol of three sequential visits for ART readiness counseling and testing for opportunistic infections prior to ART initiation. For the same-day ART group, these activities will take place on the day of ART initiation and during the subsequent two weeks. Three specific aims are proposed. The first aim is to compare the proportion of patients in the standard and same-day ART groups that are alive and in-care with an undetectable HIV viral load at 12 months after HIV testing. The second aim is to compare six-month ART adherence between the two groups using pharmacy refill records. The third aim is to compare the cost and cost-effectiveness of standard and same-day ART, where cost is measured by the mean treatment cost and effectiveness is measured by being alive and in care with an undetectable viral load at 12 months after HIV testing.

In a sub-study funded by MAC AIDS Foundation (enrollment planned in June 2015), patients with WHO stage 1 or 2 disease and CD4 count >500 cells/mm3 will be included. They will be randomized to receive ART vs. standard pre-ART care. Participants will be enrolled in the study on the same day they receive CD4 count results, which will be within 7 days of the date of HIV testing. All patients will receive additional tests as clinically indicated. All participants will receive prophylactic treatment with trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole and isoniazid, and a daily multivitamin, as is standard of care at GHESKIO. Participants who are randomized to the standard pre-ART group will receive standard GHESKIO pre-ART care, which includes a monthly visit with a physician for 3 months, and then every other month physician visits. They will have a CD4 count annually, and start ART when they meet WHO criteria. Participants who are randomized to the same-day ART group will receive counseling and start ART on the day of study enrollment. They will have follow-up visits with the physician on Days 3, 10, 17, and 24, and with the social worker on Days 3, 10, and 17. They will have also have physician visits at weeks 8 and 12. Participants who are clinically stable, asymptomatic, and adherent at week 12 will then qualify for expedited care at future visits, which includes dispensing of ART directly by nurses in the clinic every four weeks, to reduce waiting time for patients. Participants who are symptomatic or non-adherent will be referred to a physician for evaluation.

Interventional
Not Provided
Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
HIV
  • Other: Same-Day HIV testing and ART initiation
    Same-day HIV testing and ART initiation
  • Other: Standard ART Initiation
    Standard ART Initiation
  • Other: Sub-Study: Same-Day ART, CD4 Count >500
    Same-day CD4 count and ART initiation for patients with CD4 count >500 cells/mm3 (CD4 count within 7 days of HIV test)
  • Other: Sub-Study: Standard Pre-ART Care, CD4 Count >500
    Standard pre-ART care for patients with CD4 count >500 cells/mm3
  • Experimental: Same-Day ART Group

    Same-Day HIV testing and ART initiation:

    All participants in the same-day ART group will receive rapid HIV antibody testing, CD4 cell testing, clinically relevant testing for OIs, WHO staging, counseling and social support, and ART initiation on the day of presentation for HIV testing.

    Intervention: Other: Same-Day HIV testing and ART initiation
  • Active Comparator: Standard ART Group

    Standard ART Initiation:

    The standard group will receive the same services as the same-day ART group (including same-day HIV and CD4 cell testing) except that instead of same-day ART, they will receive the standard GHESKIO protocol of 3 sequential visits for ART readiness counseling and testing for OIs prior to ART initiation.

    Intervention: Other: Standard ART Initiation
  • Experimental: Sub-Study - Same-Day ART, CD4>500
    Sub-Study - Same-Day CD4 Count and ART Initiation for Patients with CD4 Count >500 cells/mm3: Participants will receive counseling and start ART on the day of study enrollment. They will have follow-up visits with the physician on Days 3, 10, 17, and 24, and with the social worker on Days 3, 10, and 17. They will have also have physician visits at weeks 8 and 12. Participants who are clinically stable, asymptomatic, and adherent at week 12 will then qualify for expedited care at future visits, which includes dispensing of ART directly by nurses in the clinic every four weeks, to reduce waiting time for patients. Participants who are symptomatic or non-adherent will be referred to a physician for evaluation.
    Intervention: Other: Sub-Study: Same-Day ART, CD4 Count >500
  • Active Comparator: Sub-Study - Pre-ART Care, CD4>500
    Participants will receive standard GHESKIO pre-ART care, which includes a monthly visit with a physician for 3 months, and then every other month physician visits.
    Intervention: Other: Sub-Study: Standard Pre-ART Care, CD4 Count >500
Not Provided

*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
 
Recruiting
888
January 2016
August 2015   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age ≥18 years;
  • Ability and willingness of participant to give written informed consent;
  • CD4 cell count </=500 cells/mm3
  • WHO stage 1 or 2 disease as defined by the following conditions: Asymptomatic; Persistent generalized lymphadenopathy; Moderate unexplained weight loss (under 10% of presumed or measured body weight); Recurrent upper respiratory tract infections (sinusitis, tonsillitis, otitis media, pharyngitis); Herpes zoster; Angular cheilitis; Recurrent oral ulcerations; Papular pruritic eruptions; Seborrheic dermatitis; Fungal nail infections

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Any use of ART in the past;
  • Pregnancy or breastfeeding at the screening visit;
  • Psychologically unprepared to start ART, based on ART readiness survey;
  • Plans to transfer care to another clinic during the study period;
  • WHO stage 3 or 4 disease.
Both
18 Years and older
No
Contact: Jean W Pape, MD 011 509 2940 1430 jwpape@gheskio.org
Contact: Serena P Koenig, MD 617-413-4090 skoenig@partners.org
Haiti
 
NCT01900080
AI104344-01A1
Yes
Serena Patricia Koenig, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • GHESKIO
  • Weill Medical College of Cornell University
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Florida International University
Principal Investigator: Serena P Koenig, MD Brigham and Women's Hospital
Study Director: Jean W Pape, MD GHESKIO; Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Study Director: Marie Marcelle Deschamps, MD GHESKIO
Brigham and Women's Hospital
June 2015

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