OBJECTIVES: The causes of death among HIV-positive patients may have changed since the introduction of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). We investigated these changes, patients who died without an AIDS diagnosis and factors relating to pre-AIDS deaths. METHODS: Analyses of 1826 deaths among EuroSIDA patients, an observational study of 8556 patients. Incidence rates of pre-AIDS deaths were compared to overall rates. Factors relating to pre-AIDS deaths were identified using Cox regression. RESULTS: Death rates declined from 15.6 to 2.7 per 100 person-years of follow-up (PYFU) between 1994 and 2001. Pre-AIDS incidence declined from 2.4 to 1.1 per 100 PYFU. The ratio of overall to pre-AIDS deaths peaked in 1996 at 8.4 and dropped to < 3 after 1998. The adjusted odds of dying following one AIDS defining event (ADE) increased yearly (odds ratio, 1.53; P < 0.001), conversely the odds of dying following three or more ADE decreased yearly (odds ratio, 0.79; P < 0.001). The proportion of deaths that followed an HIV-related disease decreased by 23% annually; in contrast there was a 32% yearly increase in the proportion of deaths due to known causes other than HIV-related or suicides. Injecting drug users (IDU) were significantly more likely to die before an ADE than homosexuals (relative hazard, 2.97; P < 0.0001) and patients from northern/eastern Europe (relative hazard, 2.01; P < 0.0001) were more likely to die pre-AIDS than southern patients. CONCLUSIONS: The proportion of pre-AIDS deaths increased from 1994 to 2001; however, the incidence of pre-AIDS deaths and deaths overall declined. IDU and subjects from northern/eastern Europe had an increased risk of pre-AIDS death. HIV-positive patients live longer therefore it is essential to continue to monitor all causes of mortality to identify changes.
Changes in the cause of death among HIV positive subjects across Europe: results from the EuroSIDA study. / A. Mocroft, R. Brettle, O. Kirk, A. Blaxhult, J. M. Parkin, F. Antunes, P. Francioli, A. d'Arminio Monforte, Z. Fox, J.D. Lundgren, for the EuroSIDA study group.. - In: AIDS. - ISSN 0269-9370. - 16:12(2002 Aug 16), pp. 1663-1671.
|Titolo:||Changes in the cause of death among HIV positive subjects across Europe: results from the EuroSIDA study.|
|Parole Chiave:||AIDS; Cause of death; HAART; Pre-AIDS mortality|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/17 - Malattie Infettive|
|Data di pubblicazione:||16-ago-2002|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/00002030-200208160-00012|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|