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A Study to Evaluate the Effect of Anti-HIV Therapy on Lean Tissue (Muscle) in HIV-Positive Patients

This study has been completed.
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National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Identifier:
First received: November 2, 1999
Last updated: June 23, 2005
Last verified: August 2002

The purpose of this study is to determine whether HIV-positive patients with extremely low viral loads (level of HIV in the blood) have a greater gain in lean tissue during anti-HIV (antiretroviral) therapy than patients with higher viral loads.

Many HIV-positive patients experience changes in body composition (muscle, fat, etc.) while on antiretroviral therapy. However, any weight gained while taking antiretrovirals is mostly fat. A patient's viral load may affect whether weight gained is a result of increased fat or increased muscle. A large-scale study is needed to closely evaluate the effects of antiretroviral therapy on body composition.

HIV Infections

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Natural History
Official Title: Effect of Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) on Lean Body Mass

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Further study details as provided by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID):

Estimated Enrollment: 200
Detailed Description:

Effective antiretroviral therapy, as measured by a decrease in HIV-1 RNA levels, may sustain or improve important components of body composition, perhaps through a decrease in the underlying pro-inflammatory activity and resting energy expenditure. Moderate weight gain has been reported to be associated with HAART. Meaningful increase in total body weight, however, may need to be comprised of augmentation of lean body mass (primarily muscle), since mortality in HIV and cancer wasting is associated with sizable decreases in lean body mass (LBM) and there is no evidence that increases in fat cell mass are protective. To date, there has not been any large-scale prospective evaluation of the effects of HAART on body composition. Nor has it been determined whether increasing body weight or specific components of body composition (fat or lean body mass) in persons who have lost substantive amounts of weight protects against AIDS-defining complications or prolongs survival.

This is a 48-week, observational study of lean body mass, appetite, functional performance, and systemic markers of inflammation during highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) in patients co-enrolled in ACTG antiretroviral studies. Patients are stratified by body mass index (BMI) into 2 cohorts: less than 23 kg/m2 versus greater than or equal to 23 to 28 kg/m2. At selected study visits, times of antiretroviral medication change, and following the diagnosis of an AIDS-defining event, the following are assessed: height (screening visit only), weight, lean body mass, appetite (by questionnaire), functional performance (by questionnaire), and markers of systemic inflammation.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria

Patients may be eligible for this study if they:

  • Are enrolled in an adult AIDS clinical trial.
  • Are HIV-positive.
  • Have a viral load of at least 10,000 copies/ml.
  • Are expected to live at least 6 months.
  • Are at least 18 years old.

Exclusion Criteria

Patients will not be eligible for this study if they:

  • Have a history of diabetes requiring medication.
  • Have a history of heart disorders.
  • Have a fever, diarrhea, nausea, or a condition which makes it difficult to eat within the 14 days prior to study entry.
  • Have swelling due to any cause.
  • Are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • Are receiving any therapy to increase your appetite or gain weight within 30 days prior to study entry.
  • Are receiving any therapy for a severe infection or medical illness within 14 days prior to study entry.
  • Are taking certain medications.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00000890

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Stanford Univ Med Ctr
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United States, District of Columbia
Howard Univ
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, 20059
United States, Georgia
Emory Univ
Atlanta, Georgia, United States, 30308
United States, Hawaii
Queens Med Ctr
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States, 96816
United States, Illinois
Northwestern Univ Med School
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60611
Cook County Hosp
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60612
United States, Louisiana
Charity Hosp / Tulane Univ Med School
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States, 70112
Tulane Univ School of Medicine
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States, 70112
United States, Massachusetts
Beth Israel Deaconess - West Campus
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02215
Beth Israel Deaconess Med Ctr
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02215
United States, New York
Beth Israel Med Ctr
New York, New York, United States, 10003
Chelsea Ctr
New York, New York, United States, 10021
Cornell Univ Med Ctr
New York, New York, United States, 10021
United States, Ohio
Case Western Reserve Univ
Cleveland, Ohio, United States, 44106
Ohio State Univ Hosp Clinic
Columbus, Ohio, United States, 432101228
United States, Pennsylvania
Univ of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19104
United States, Washington
Univ of Washington
Seattle, Washington, United States, 981224304
Puerto Rico
Univ of Puerto Rico
San Juan, Puerto Rico, 009365067
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Study Chair: C Shikuma
Study Chair: D Mildvan
Study Chair: F Sattler
  More Information

Publications: Identifier: NCT00000890     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: ACTG 892
Study First Received: November 2, 1999
Last Updated: June 23, 2005

Keywords provided by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID):
RNA, Viral
Body Composition
Anti-HIV Agents
Viral Load

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
HIV Infections
Lentivirus Infections
Retroviridae Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Virus Diseases
Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Viral
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Immunologic Deficiency Syndromes
Immune System Diseases processed this record on September 19, 2017