Progression of Liver Fibrosis and Modern Combination Antiretroviral Therapy Regimens in HIV-Hepatitis C–Coinfected Persons
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BACKGROUND: Liver diseases progress faster in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-hepatitis C virus (HCV)-coinfected persons than HIV-monoinfected persons. The aim of this study was to compare rates of liver fibrosis progression (measured by the aspartate-to-platelet ratio index [APRI]) among HIV-HCV-coinfected users of modern protease inhibitor (PI)- and nonnucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI)-based regimens with a backbone of tenofovir/emtricitabine (TDF/FTC) or abacavir/lamivudine (ABC/3TC). METHODS: Data from a Canadian multicenter cohort study were analyzed, including 315 HCV polymerase chain reaction-positive persons who initiated antiretroviral therapy with a PI or NNRTI and a backbone containing either TDF/FTC or ABC/3TC. Multivariate linear regression analyses with generalized estimating equations were performed after propensity score matching to balance covariates across classes of anchor agent. RESULTS: A backbone of TDF/FTC was received by 67% of PI users and 69% of NNRTI users. Both PI and NNRTI use was associated with increases in APRI over time when paired with a backbone of ABC/3TC: 16% per 5 years (95% confidence interval [CI], 4%, 29%) and 11% per 5 years (95% CI, 2%, 20%), respectively. With TDF/FTC use, no clear association was found among PI users (8% per 5 years, 95% CI, -3%, 19%) or NNRTI users (3% per 5 years, 95% CI, -7%, 12%). CONCLUSIONS: Liver fibrosis progression was more influenced by the backbone than by the class of anchor agent in HIV-HCV-coinfected persons. Only ABC/3TC-containing regimens were associated with an increase of APRI score over time, regardless of the class of anchor agent used.
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