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Lack of Regression of Anal Squamous Intraepithelial Lesions despite Immune Restoration under cART.

aAP-HP-Service d'Immunologie Clinique, Hôpital Européen Georges Pompidou, Paris bAP-HP- Service d'Anatomie et Cytologie Pathologiques, Hôpital Lariboisière, Université Denis Diderot, Paris cINSERM U943 - Paris dUMPC Paris Univ 06 UMR S 943 Paris eAP-HP-Laboratoire de Virologie, Hôpital Européen Georges Pompidou, Paris fAP-HP, Groupe hospitalier Pitié-Salpêtrière, Service de Maladies Infectieuses et Tropicales, Paris, France gAP-HP-Service des Maladies Infectieuses, Hôpital Saint Antoine, Paris hUniversité Paris Descartes, Sorbonne Paris Cité, Paris, France.
AIDS (London, England) (Impact Factor: 6.56). 10/2012; DOI: 10.1097/QAD.0b013e32835ad2cb
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ABSTRACT BACKGROUND:: A high prevalence of anal squamous intraepithelial lesions (ASIL) and HPV infections were observed in HIV-infected MSM in the pre-cART (combined antiretroviral therapy) era. The impact of cART on the natural history of HPV infection and ASIL is poorly documented. METHODS:: 94 HIV-infected MSM naïve of cART were enrolled in a longitudinal study before starting cART. Patients were evaluated for anal cytology, histology and anal HPV DNA at baseline, month 12 and month 24 of cART. HPV DNA genotyping was performed by Linear Array assay. Anal cytologic samples were processed by the Thin Prep™ method. RESULTS:: Analyses included 76 patients with at least two visits with available cytology. The median age was 39.4 years. The median (interquartile range) CD4 cell count was 301/mm (242-339) at baseline and 545/mm at month 24, when 93% of patients had plasma HIV-RNA ≤50 copies/ml.Abnormal result was observed in 45 of 76 patients at baseline (59%) with prevalent LSIL in 27 patients (36%) and HSIL in 7 patients (9%) and in 36 of 69 patients assessed at month 24 (52%) with LSIL in 23 patients (33%) and HSIL in 6 patients (9%). At month 24, regression of the severity of lesions was observed in 44% of patients, whereas a lesion occurred in 37% of patients. CONCLUSION:: Our results show a high prevalence and incidence of ASIL in HIV-infected MSM despite immune restoration under cART. These data emphasize that HIV-positive MSM although receiving effective cART remain at high risk of anal SIL.

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