HPTN Bibliographic Record
Chasela C, Chen YQ, Fiscus S, Hoffman I, Young A, Valentine M, Emel L, Taha TE, Goldenberg RL, Read JS. Risk Factors for Late Postnatal Transmission of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1 in Sub-Saharan Africa. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2008, 27: 251-6. PMCID: 2730543.
BACKGROUND: We conducted secondary data analyses of a clinical trial (HIVNET 024) to assess risk factors for late postnatal transmission (LPT) of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) through breast-feeding. METHODS: Data regarding live born, singleton infants of HIV-1-infected mothers were analyzed. The timing of HIV-1 transmission through 12 months after birth was defined as: in utero (positive HIV-1 RNA results at birth), perinatal/early postnatal (negative results at birth, positive at 4-6 week visit), or LPT (negative results through the 4-6 week visit, but positive assays thereafter through the 12-month visit). HIV-1-uninfected infants were those with negative HIV-1 enzyme immunoassay results at 12 months of age, or infants with negative HIV-1 RNA results throughout follow-up. RESULTS: Of 2292 HIV-1-infected enrolled women, 2052 mother/infant pairs met inclusion criteria. Of 1979 infants with HIV-1 tests, 404 were HIV-1-infected, and 382 had known timing of infection (LPT represented 22% of transmissions). Further analyses of LPT included infants who were breast-feeding at the 4-6 week visit (with negative HIV-1 results at that visit) revealed 6.9% of 1317 infants acquired HIV-1 infection through LPT by 12 months of age. More advanced maternal HIV-1 disease at enrollment (lower CD4 counts, higher plasma viral loads) were the factors associated with LPT in adjusted analyses. CONCLUSIONS: In this breast-feeding population, 6.9% of infants uninfected at 6 weeks of age acquired HIV-1 infection by 12 months. Making interventions to decrease the risk of LPT of HIV-1 available and continuing research regarding the mechanisms of LPT (so as to develop improved interventions to reduce such transmission) remain essential.