Journal article

Transient viral load increases in HIV-infected children in the U.K. and Ireland: what do they mean?

Katherine J Lee, Delane Shingadia, Deenan Pillay, A Sarah Walker, Andrew Riordan, Esse Menson, Trinh Duong, Gareth Tudor-Williams, Diana M Gibb, undefined Collaborative HIV Paediatric Study Steering Committee

Antiviral Therapy | Published : 2007


OBJECTIVES: To investigate transient increases in viral load during sustained suppression in children in the UK and Ireland Collaborative HIV Paediatric Study (CHIPS). DESIGN: Cohort of HIV-infected children from 39 centres. METHODS: Transient viraemia was defined as > or =1 detectable viral loads (> or =50 copies/ml) between two undetectable values (<50 copies/ml) <280 days apart, during a period of sustained viral suppression (from a confirmed level of 50 copies/ml). RESULTS: Of 595 children initiating HAART without previous treatment, 347 (58%) achieved sustained suppression. Of these, 78 (23%) experienced 109 episodes of transient viraemia (median 134 copies/ml); 92 (84%) had levels of <..

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