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Lars Jørgen Østergaard

Pneumococcal conjugate vaccination in persons with HIV: the effect of highly active antiretroviral therapy

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  • The Department of Infectious Diseases
  • Klinisk Mikrobiologisk Afdeling, Aalborg
OBJECTIVE: Vaccination responses may be affected by concomitant use of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). We aimed to determine HAART's impact on seven-valent pneumococcal conjugate (7vPnC) vaccine immunization with or without a Toll-like receptor 9 (TLR9) agonist adjuvant. DESIGN: Observational cohort study. METHODS: Adults with HIV were immunized with double doses of 7vPnC +/-1 mg CPG 7909, a TLR9 agonist and vaccine adjuvant, at 0 and 3 months, and 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine at 9 months. We measured IgG levels (ELISA) and opsonophagocytic activity (OPA) at months 0, 3, 4, 9, and 10. Persistent 7vPnC vaccine responders were defined as individuals with two-fold IgG increases to 1 microg/ml or more for at least five of the 7vPnC serotypes at 9 months. RESULTS: We included 75 participants on HAART and 20 HAART-naive. Forty-one received CPG 7909 and 48 received placebo adjuvant. More persistent 7vPnC vaccine responders were found among HAART-treated than among HAART-naive (42.3 vs. 15.0%, P = 0.03). Mean loss of vaccine-specific IgG from month 4 to 9 was greater among HAART-naive than among HAART-treated (54.8 vs. 38.1%, P = 0.001). Functional activity (OPA) was higher among HAART-treated than among HAART-naive at 4, 9, and 10 months. In a logistic regression analysis (adjusted for baseline CD4 cell count, CPG 7909, smoking status, BMI, AIDS diagnosis, and age), HAART use was significantly associated with being persistent 7vPnC vaccine responder at month 9 [odds ratio = 4.65, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.07-20.2]. CONCLUSIONS: HIV-infected adults on HAART achieved a more durable antibody response of higher functional activity following pneumococcal conjugate vaccination than HAART-naive individuals, independently of baseline CD4 cell count.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1315-22
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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