Maternal health outcomes among HIV-infected breastfeeding women with high CD4 counts: results of a treatment strategy trial.

Hoffman RM; Angelidou KN; Brummel SS; Saidi F; Violari A; Dula D; Mave V; Fairlie L; Theron G; Kamateeka M; Chipato T; Chi BH; Stranix-Chibanda L; Nematadzira T; Moodley D; Bhattacharya D; Gupta A; Coletti A; McIntyre JA; Klingman KL; Chakhtoura N; Shapiro DE; Fowler MG; Currier JS
HIV Clinical Trials. 2018 Dec; 19(6):209-224.

BACKGROUND: IMPAACT PROMISE 1077BF/FF was a randomized study of antiretroviral therapy (ART) strategies for pregnant and postpartum women with high CD4+ T-cell counts. We describe postpartum outcomes for women in the study who were randomized to continue or discontinue ART after delivery. METHODS: Women with pre-ART CD4+ cell counts >/=350 cells/mm(3) who started ART during pregnancy were randomized postpartum to continue or discontinue treatment. Women were enrolled from India, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The primary outcome was a composite of progression to AIDS-defining illness or death. Log-rank tests and Cox regression models assessed treatment effects. Incidence rates were calculated per 100 person-years. A post hoc analysis evaluated WHO Stage 2/3 events. All analyses were intent-to-treat. FINDINGS: 1611 women were enrolled (June 2011-October 2014) and 95% were breastfeeding. Median age at entry was 27 years, CD4+ count 728 cells/mm(3) and the majority of women were Black African (97%). After a median follow-up of 1.6 years, progression to AIDS-defining illness or death was rare and there was no significant difference between arms (HR: 0.55; 95%CI 0.14, 2.08, p = 0.37). WHO Stage 2/3 events were reduced with continued ART (HR: 0.60; 95%CI 0.39, 0.90, p = 0.01). The arms did not differ with respect to the rate of grade 2, 3, or 4 safety events (p = 0.61). INTERPRETATION: Serious clinical events were rare among predominately breastfeeding women with high CD4+ cell counts over 18 months after delivery. ART had significant benefit in reducing WHO 2/3 events in this population.

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