Trends in detectable viral load by calendar year in the Australian HIV observational database

Matthew Law, Ian Woolley, David Templeton, Norman Roth, John Chuah, Brian Mulhall, Peter Canavan, Hamish McManus, David Cooper, Kathy Petoumenos

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Recent papers have suggested that expanded combination antiretroviral treatment (cART) through lower viral load may be a strategy to reduce HIV transmission at a population level. We assessed calendar trends in detectable viral load in patients recruited to the Australian HIV Observational Database who were receiving cART. METHODS: Patients were included in analyses if they had started cART (defined as three or more antiretrovirals) and had at least one viral load assessment after 1 January 1997. We analyzed detectable viral load (>400 copies/ml) in the first and second six months of each calendar year while receiving cART. Repeated measures logistic regression methods were used to account for within and between patient variability. Rates of detectable viral load were predicted allowing for patients lost to follow up.
Original languageEnglish
Article number10
Pages (from-to)1 - 7
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the International AIDS Society
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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