Comparison of Kaposi Sarcoma Risk in Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Positive Adults Across 5 Continents: A Multiregional Multicohort Study
Comparison of Kaposi Sarcoma Risk in Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Positive Adults Across 5 Continents: A Multiregional Multicohort Study
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Background. We compared Kaposi sarcoma (KS) risk in adults who started antiretroviral therapy (ART) across the Asia-Pacific, South Africa, Europe, Latin, and North America. Methods. We included cohort data of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-positive adults who started ART after 1995 within the framework of 2 large collaborations of observational HIV cohorts. We present incidence rates and adjusted hazard ratios (aHRs). Results. We included 208 140 patients from 57 countries. Over a period of 1 066 572 person-years, 2046 KS cases were diagnosed. KS incidence rates per 100 000 person-years were 52 in the Asia-Pacific and ranged between 180 and 280 in the other regions. KS risk was 5 times higher in South African women (aHR, 4.56; 95% confidence intervals [CI], 2.73-7.62) than in their European counterparts, and 2 times higher in South African men (2.21; 1.34-3.63). In Europe, Latin, and North America KS risk was 6 times higher in men who have sex with men (aHR, 5.95; 95% CI, 5.09-6.96) than in women. Comparing patients with current CD4 cell counts ≥700 cells/µL with those whose counts were <50 cells/µL, the KS risk was halved in South Africa (aHR, 0.53; 95% CI, .17-1.63) but reduced by ≥95% in other regions. Conclusions. Despite important ART-related declines in KS incidence, men and women in South Africa and men who have sex with men remain at increased KS risk, likely due to high human herpesvirus 8 coinfection rates. Early ART initiation and maintenance of high CD4 cell counts are essential to further reducing KS incidence worldwide, but additional measures might be needed, especially in Southern Africa.
Persons infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are
at high risk of developing Kaposi sarcoma (KS) [
], and this risk
seems to vary geographically. KS incidence rates seem to be higher
in adults who started antiretroviral therapy (ART) in sub-Saharan
] and the US  than in Europe [
]. However, direct
comparisons of KS incidence rates across studies are complicated
by differences in study populations and designs.
Several factors could contribute to regional differences in KS
risk, including differences in the HIV epidemic, the adequacy of
local healthcare, and the prevalence of human herpesvirus 8
(HHV8). HHV-8 is a necessary but not sufficient cause of KS [
], and its
distribution varies by geographic region and population group [
HIV-related immunosuppression is a strong risk factor for KS in
HHV-8–coinfected persons [
]. Access to healthcare varies
across regions, and patients in high-income countries start ART at
higher CD4 cell counts than those in low- and middle-income
settings . We compared KS incidence rates in HIV-positive adults
We analyzed longitudinal routine clinical care data of
HIVpositive patients within the framework of the International
Epidemiology Databases to Evaluate AIDS (IeDEA) and the
Collaboration of Observational HIV Epidemiological Research
in Europe (COHERE) in the European Coordinating Committee
for the integration of ongoing coordination actions related to
clinical and epidemiological HIV research (EuroCoord). IeDEA
is a global research consortium of observational HIV cohorts
with data centers in the Asia-Pacific, Australia, Africa, North,
and Latin America. Four IeDEA regions contributed data to
this study: the North American AIDS Cohort Collaboration
on Research and Design (NA-ACCORD) [
], the Caribbean,
Central and South America network for HIV epidemiology
], IeDEA Southern Africa [
], and IeDEA
]; the latter includes data from 2 geographic
regions: the Asia-Pacific and Australia. COHERE in EuroCoord
is a collaboration of observational HIV cohorts across Europe
]. For details on how data were collected and combined, see
Supplementary Box S1. All cohorts obtained ethical approval
from local ethics committees or institutional review boards.
Inclusion Criteria and Definitions
We restricted the analysis to cohorts that systematically
collected cancer data or had improved their data through record
linkages with cancer registries. We included HIV-positive
adults (aged ≥16 years) who started ART after enrollment
into the cohort from 1996 onward. We excluded patients
without follow-up after ART initiation and patients with no CD4
cell counts during follow-up. We excluded regions with <500
eligible patients and cohorts with <100 eligible patients. We
excluded the region Asia-Pacific from statistical models owing
to few KS cases (post hoc decision). Incident KS cases were
defined as histologically or clinically diagnosed KS at any time
after ART initiation. ART was defined as a regimen of ≥3
antiretroviral drugs from any class, including protease inhibitors
(PIs), nucleoside reverse-transcriptase inhibitors, and
nonnucleoside reverse-transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs). Patients
were assumed to remain on ART once initiated. CD4 cell counts
at ART initiation were defined as the measurement nearest ART
initiation, within 180 days before to 7 days after initiation. The
HIV/AIDS stage at ART initiation was defined according to the
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [
We calculated raw KS incidence rates by dividing the number
of incident KS cases by person-years at risk. Time at risk was
measured from ART initiation to the first occurrence of KS
diagnosis, last follow-up visit, death, or database closure. We
anticipated that the KS hazard would vary by follow-up time
and geographic region and used proportional hazard flexible
parametric survival models [
] to compare the risk of
developing KS after ART initiation across regions and to identify KS risk
factors. We modeled the baseline hazard using restricted cubic
splines with 4 degrees of freedom and allowed for
time-dependent region-effects with 2 degrees of freedom. Likelihood ratio
tests were used to test for interactions between risk factors and
regions. We assessed sex, exposure group (women, heterosexual
men, men who have sex with men [MSM]), age at ART
initiation (16–25, 26–35, 36–45, 46–55, or ≥56 years), first-line ART
regimen (NNRTI-based, PI-based, other), calendar period of
ART initiation (1996–1998, 1999–2003, 2004–2007, or 2008–
2014), and current (time-updated) CD4 cell count (<50, 50–99,
100–199, 200–349, 350–499, 500–699, or ≥700 cells/µL). Mode
of infection, HIV/AIDS stage, and HIV RNA level at ART
initiation were assessed in descriptive analyses.
We fit “crude” models with 1 risk factor and its interaction
with region (where applicable) to compare the actual KS
burden across regions. Adjusted models with relevant risk factors
and their interaction with region (if necessary) were then fit
to assess remaining differences in KS incidence rates across
regions. The main adjusted model included region, sex and
its interaction with region, age at ART initiation and its
interaction with region, current CD4 cell count and its interaction
with region, first-line ART regimen, and calendar period of
ART initiation. The second adjusted model was restricted to
the 3 regions with data on sexual orientation (Europe, Latin,
and North America), and included exposure group, age at
ART initiation, current CD4 cell count, first-line ART
regimen, and calendar period of ART initiation. In sensitivity
analyses, we excluded the first 3 months of follow-up. KS
incidence rates were predicted from adjusted models for patients
with a standardized risk factor set: initiation of NNRTI-based
regimens between 2008 and 2014 at age 40 years and current
CD4 cell count 350–499 cells/µL. Results are presented as
medians with interquartile ranges (IQRs), number and
percentage of patients, incidence rates per 100 000 person-years,
and hazard ratios (HRs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs).
Analyses were performed using Stata 14 (StataCorp) and R (R
The merged multiregional data set included data on 408 395
HIV-positive adults. We excluded 200 255 patients for reasons
detailed in Supplementary Figure S1. Excluded and included
patients were similar with regard to sex (male, 70% vs 69%),
risk group (MSM, 33% vs 36%), age (median, 35 years vs 37
years), and CD4 cell count at ART initiation (median, 240 cells/
µL vs 222 cells/µL).
We included data on 208 140 patients from 42 cohorts in 57
countries across the Asia-Pacific, South Africa, Europe, Latin,
and North America (Figure 1). The median age at ART
initiation was 37.3 years (IQR, 31.4–44.4 years) and similar across
regions (Table 1). The percentage of men ranged from 37% in
South Africa to 75% in North America. More men were MSM
in Europe (54%), Latin America (57%), and North America
(67%) but not in the Asia-Pacific (34%); data were not
available for South Africa. The median CD4 cell count at ART
initiation was <200 cells/µL in the Asia-Pacific, South Africa, and
Latin America and >200 cells/µL in North America and Europe
(Table 1). In South Africa and the Asia-Pacific, <5% of patients
started ART before 2004, but 39% in Europe and 63% in North
America started ART between 1996 and 2003. Approximately
half of North American and European patients started PI-based
regimens, compared with just 22% in Latin America, and <10%
in South Africa and the Asia-Pacific. The median follow-up
after ART initiation was >4 years in Europe, North, and Latin
America but shorter in the Asia-Pacific (2.7 years) and South
Africa (2.0 years).
Over the course of 1 066 572 person-years, 2046 KS cases
were diagnosed (1572 in Europe, 211 in North America, 150
in South Africa, 109 in Latin America, and 4 in the
AsiaPacific; Supplementary Table S1). The median time between
ART initiation and KS diagnosis was 0.5 year (IQR, 0.1–2.5
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years). The median age at KS diagnosis ranged from 35
years in the Asia-Pacific to 43 years in North America. The
median CD4 cell count at KS diagnosis was <100 cells/µL
in the Asia-Pacific, Latin, and North America and 180 cells/µL
in South Africa and Europe.
The raw KS incidence rate per 100000 person-years was
highest in South Africa (280; 95% CI, 238–328), followed by
Latin America (244; 203–295), North America (237; 207–271),
Europe (180; 172–190), and the Asia-Pacific (52; 19–137;
Supplementary Table S2). The raw KS incidence rates were
especially high in patients with current CD4 cell counts <50
cells/µL (ranging from 1368 in South Africa to 2950 in Latin
America; Supplementary Table S3), MSM in Europe, Latin, and
North America (all >300), and South African men (371; 95%
CI, 293–470; Supplementary Table S4).
Risk Factors for Incident Kaposi Sarcoma
The following statistical models include the regions Europe,
South Africa, Latin, and North America. Crude KS incidence
rates were highest immediately after ART initiation and declined
steeply thereafter in all population groups (Supplementary
Figures S2, S3). The effect of sex, age at ART initiation, and
current CD4 cell count on KS risk varied across regions. In all
regions, women had a lower risk of developing KS than men in
crude and adjusted analyses, but the sex difference was less
pronounced in South Africa (P for interaction < .001; Table 2 and
Figure 2). In Europe, North, and Latin America, KS incidence
rates were highest in MSM, followed by heterosexual men, and
women in crude and adjusted analyses (Supplementary Figure
S4). After adjustment for current CD4 cell count, age at ART
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initiation, first-line regimen, and calendar year of ART
initiation, the KS risk was 53% higher in heterosexual men than
women (adjusted HR [aHR] 1.53; 95% CI, 1.28–1.83), and
6 times higher in MSM (aHR 5.95; 5.09–6.96). There was no
evidence that the effect of exposure group on KS risk differed
across regions (P for interaction = .19).
In all regions, KS risk was highest in persons with
current CD4 cell counts <50 cells/µL. However,
comparing patients with current CD4 cell counts ≥700 cells/
µL to those with cell counts <50 cells/µL, KS risk was
halved in South Africa (aHR, 0.53; 95% CI, .17–1.63), but
reduced by ≥95% in the other regions (P for interaction
< .001; Figure 3). In Europe and North America, KS risk
tended to increase with older age, whereas it decreased in Latin
America and South Africa (P for interaction = .003; Table 2).
There was no strong evidence that the effect of first-line
regimen or calendar period of ART initiation varied across regions
(Supplementary Table S5). Patients who received PI-based
first-line regimens had a slightly higher risk of developing KS
than those who received NNRTI-based regimens (aHR, 1.12;
95% CI, 1.01–1.24).
Comparison of Kaposi Sarcoma Risk Between Regions
In women, KS risk at 2 years after ART initiation was >3 times
higher in South Africa than in Europe in crude analyses (HR,
3.19; 95% CI, 2.26–4.52) and almost 5 times higher in analyses
adjusted for current CD4 cell count, age at ART initiation,
firstline regimen, and calendar period of ART initiation (aHR 4.56;
2.73–7.62; Table 3). The adjusted KS risk tended to be lower in
North and Latin American women than in European women,
Abbreviations: ART, antiretroviral therapy; CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; HIV, human immunodeficiency virus; IQR, interquartile range; MSM, men who have sex with
men; NNRTI, nonnucleoside reverse-transcriptase inhibitor; NR, not reported; PI, protease inhibitor; PWID, persons who inject drugs.
aData represent No. (%) of patients unless otherwise specified.
but the effect was not statistically significant. In men, the crude
risk of developing KS was highest in North America compared
with Europe (HR, 1.65; 95% CI, 1.35–2.01), followed by South
Africa (1.44; 1.03–2.00). In adjusted analyses, the HR for men
declined to 0.75 (95% CI, 0.44–1.27) in North America, but it
increased to 2.21 (1.34–3.63) in South Africa. Both changes
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were mainly due to adjustment for current CD4 cell count. KS
risk did not differ significantly between Latin American and
European men in crude or adjusted analyses.
We predicted KS incidence rates per 100 000 person-years at
2 years after ART initiation for patients with current CD4 cell
counts of 350–499 cells/µL who started NNRTI-based regimens
between 2008 and 2014 at age 40 years. Predicted KS incidence
rates in women were 12 (95% CI, 4–36) in Latin America, 14
(7–29) in North America, and 28 (22–36) in Europe. In
heterosexual men, KS incidence rates were 29 (95% CI, 20–42) in
Latin America, 35 (27–47) in North America, and 34 (27–41)
in Europe. In South Africa, KS incidence rates remained at
212 (95% CI, 131–344) in men and 129 (80–208) in women.
Predicted KS incidence rates in MSM were 114 (95% CI,
81–160) in Latin America, 131 (109–157) in Europe, and 138
(107–178) in North America (Supplementary Table S6).
Excluding the first 3 months of follow-up resulted in lower
raw KS incidence rates (Supplementary Table S7); other results
remained similar (Supplementary Tables S8–S10).
After adjustment for HIV-related risk factors, HIV-positive men
and women in South Africa had a higher risk of developing KS
than their counterparts in Europe. In Europe, Latin, and North
America, MSM had a higher KS risk than heterosexual men and
women. In all regions, current CD4 cell count <50 cells/µL was a
strong risk factor for incident KS. However, the clear trend toward
lower KS risk with higher current CD4 cell counts seen in Europe,
North, and Latin America was not observed in South Africa.
This is the first study to directly compare KS risk across
several continents in adults who started ART. We used the same
inclusion criteria, definitions, and statistical methods across
regions. However, comparability of incidence estimates might be
impaired by regional and cohort-level differences in mode and
completeness of KS ascertainment. We assumed that patients
within regions were independent, which might have led us to
overestimate the precision of regional KS risk comparisons.
To reduce underreporting of KS, data from South Africa were
restricted to 2 urban cohorts that obtained additional KS data
through record linkages with a cancer registry [
these South African data are not necessarily representative of
the whole of South Africa, and it is unclear to what extent these
results can be extrapolated to Southern Africa as a region.
We did not consider ART interruptions; therefore, KS risk in
patients continuously receiving ART might be lower than what
we found in our analysis for patients after ART initiation. Most
patients from North America started ART before 2004 with
NNRTI- or PI-based regimens, whereas almost all patients in
South Africa started NNRTI-based ART from 2004 onward.
Temporal changes in ART effectiveness and HIV care in
general might contribute to the observed regional differences in KS
risk. HIV RNA measurements at ART initiation were missing
for 30% of patients in Latin America and 78% in South Africa.
Therefore, it was not possible to use HIV RNA measurements
to assess ART response and treatment failure. Patient-level data
on HHV-8 serostatus, immune reconstitution inflammatory
syndrome (IRIS)–KS, and mode of KS ascertainment were
generally not available.
In our analyses, KS incidence rates were highest immediately
after ART initiation, which is consistent with findings in
previous studies [
4, 5, 10, 19
]. These peaks are partly explained by
immunodeficiency that persisted after ART initiation,
unmasking IRIS-KS [
], and possible misclassification of some
prevalent KS as incident KS. However, when we excluded KS cases
occurring within 3 months after ART initiation in sensitivity
analyses, our results remained similar. The effect of age at ART
initiation differed across regions, with KS risk increasing with
older age in North America and Europe but decreasing in Latin
America and South Africa. Most previous studies have shown
no or only a weakly positive association between older age and
KS risk in patients receiving ART [
3–5, 8, 9, 19, 21
]. The slightly
increased KS risk in patients who received PI-based first-line
regimens might be due to confounding by indication.
Our study is one of the first to report KS incidence rates
in HIV-positive adults in the Asia-Pacific, a region where
HHV-8 prevalence is generally low [
]. Compared with the
other regions, we found KS risk to be much lower in the
AsiaPacific. KS incidence rates were higher in South African than
in European men and women. Previous studies also tended
to show higher KS incidence rates in HIV-positive persons in
sub-Saharan Africa [
], where HHV-8 is endemic, than in
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]. As in other studies, our analyses showed higher
KS incidence rates in MSM than in heterosexual men [
5, 8, 25
and higher KS risk in men than in women [
]. In South
Africa, the sex difference in KS risk was smaller than in other
regions. This pattern may reflect different HHV-8 risk profiles
in HIV-positive men and women. In Europe, Latin, and North
America, >50% of included men were MSM and, therefore,
at high risk of HHV-8 coinfection, whereas women in these
regions generally have lower HHV-8 seroprevalence . In
sub-Saharan Africa where HHV-8 is endemic, both men and
women are at high risk of HHV-8 coinfection [
effects of sex hormones on KS tumorigenesis [
] and sex
differences in immune response might also contribute to the male
predominance in KS risk.
The high KS risk in South African compared with European
women might be mainly explained by the higher HHV-8
prevalence in South African compared with European women.
However, South African men also had a higher risk of KS than
European men after adjustment for HIV-related factors. Besides
differences in HHV-8 prevalence, other factors such as
environmental exposures and malaria might play a role [
However, such cofactors for KS pathogenesis remain
controversial. Our analyses also suggest that differences in access to HIV
treatment and patient monitoring contribute to the regional
differences in KS risk. For example, North American men had a
higher risk of KS than European men, but after adjustment for
current CD4 cell counts, the KS risk was similar.
We and others found that high CD4 cell counts had a weaker
protective effect in South Africa [
] than in other regions
]. In line with other studies [
24, 31, 32
], this indicates
that KS diagnosis and treatment will remain a relevant aspect of
HIV care in Southern Africa, also as access to ART is improving.
Further research is needed to understand why KS still
develops in patients with high current CD4 cell counts, especially in
Southern Africa but also in other regions of the world [
In conclusion, despite ART-related declines in KS incidence,
men and women in South Africa and MSM remain at higher
risk of KS than other HIV-positive persons, probably owing
to higher HHV-8 coinfection rates. While a vaccine against
HHV-8 remains unavailable, early ART initiation and
maintenance of high CD4 cell counts are essential to reducing the
incidence of KS in populations at high risk for HHV-8 coinfection.
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Jessica Castilho15, Catherine McGowan15, Yi-Ming Arthur Chen16,
Matthew Law17, Ninon Taylor18, Vassilios Paparizos19, Fabrice Bonnet20,21,
Annelies Verbon22, Gerd Fätkenheuer23, Frank A. Post24, Caroline Sabin25,
Amanda Mocroft25, Vincent Le Moing26, Fernando Dronda27, Niels Obel28,
Sophie Grabar29-31, Vincenzo Spagnuolo32, Andrea Antinori33, Eugenia
Quiros-Roldan34, Cristina Mussini35, José M. Miro36, Laurence Meyer37,38,
Barbara Hasse39, Deborah Konopnicki40, Bernardino Roca41, Diana
Barger21,42, Dorthe Raben43, Gary M. Clifford44, Silvia Franceschi44, Norbert
Brockmeyer45, Rana Chakraborty46, Matthias Egger1,47, Julia Bohlius1.
Affiliations. 1Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of
Bern, Switzerland; 2CTU Bern, University of Bern, Switzerland; 3National
Cancer Registry, National Health Laboratory Service, Johannesburg,
South Africa; 4Health Economics and Epidemiology Research Office,
Department of Internal Medicine, School of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of
Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South
Africa; 5Department of Medicine, McCord Hospital, Durban, South Africa;
6Médecins Sans Frontières Belgium; 7Johns Hopkins University, School
of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland; 8Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of
Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland; 9Division of Cancer Epidemiology
and Genetics, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland; 10Center
for Global Health, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University,
Chicago; 11University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; 12University of
Washington, School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington; 13Divisions of HIV/
AIDS Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta,
Georgia; 14Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California,
Oakland, USA; 15Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, USA;
16Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan; 17Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney,
NSW Australia; 18IIIrd Medical Department with Haematology, Medical
Oncology, Haemostaseology, Infectious Diseases and Rheumathology,
Oncologic Center, Paracelsus Medical University, Salzburg, Austria; 19AIDS
Unit, Clinic of Venereologic and Dermatologic Diseases, Athens Medical
School, “Syngros” Hospital, Athens, Greece; 20CHU de Bordeaux, Service de
Médecine Interne et Maladies Infectieuses, Hôpital Saint-André, Bordeaux,
France; 21INSERM, ISPED, Centre INSERM U1219-Bordeaux Population
Health, F-33000 Bordeaux, France; 22Department Medical Microbiology
and Infectious Diseases, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, The
Netherlands; 23Department I of Internal Medicine, University Hospital of
Cologne, Cologne, Germany; 24King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation
Trust, London, UK; 25Research Department of Infection & Population
Health, UCL, London, United Kingdom; 26Montpellier University,
Montpellier, France; 27Department of Infectious Diseases, Hospital Ramón
y Cajal, Madrid, Spain; 28Department of Infectious Diseases, Copenhagen
University Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark; 29Sorbonne Universités,
UPMC Univ Paris 06, UMR_S 1136, Institut Pierre Louis
d’Epidémiologie et de Santé Publique, F-75013, Paris, France; 30INSERM, UMR_S 1136,
Institut Pierre Louis d’Epidémiologie et de Santé Publique, F-75013, Paris,
France; 31Université Paris Descartes et Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de
Paris, Groupe hospitalier Cochin Hôtel-Dieu, Paris, France; 32Department
of Infectious Diseases, San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milan, Italy;
33INMI ‘L. Spallanzani’, Rome, Italy; 34Infectious and Tropical Diseases
Institute, University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy; 35Infectious Diseases Clinics,
University Hospital, Modena, Italy; 36Infectious Diseases Service, Hospital
Clinic – IDIBAPS, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain; 37INSERM,
U1018, Epidemiology of HIV, Reproduction, Paediatrics, CESP, University
Paris-Sud, Paris, France; 38Department of Public Health and Epidemiology,
Bicêtre Hospital, AP-HP, Le Kremlin Bicêtre, Paris, France; 39Division of
Infectious Diseases and Hospital Epidemiology, University Hospital Zurich,
University of Zurich, Switzerland; 40Department of Infectious Diseases, St
Pierre University Hospital, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium;
41Hospital General Universitario, Castellón, Spain; 42Univ. Bordeaux, ISPED,
Centre INSERM U1219-Bordeaux Population Health, F-33000 Bordeaux,
France; 43CHIP, Department of Infectious Diseases, Rigshospitalet,
Copenhagen, Denmark; 44International Agency for Research on Cancer,
Lyon, France; 45Department of Dermatology, Venerology and Allergology,
Center for Sexual Health and Medicine, St. Josef Hospital, Ruhr-Universität
Bochum, Bochum, Germany; 46Division of Infectious Diseases, Department
of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, USA; 47Centre
for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research, University of Cape
Town, Cape Town, South Africa
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Canadian Institutes of Health Research (grants CBR-86906, CBR-94036,
HCP-97105, and TGF-96118), the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long
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Additional support was provided by the National Cancer Institute,
National Institute for Mental Health, and National Institute on Drug
Abuse. The TREAT Asia HIV Observational Database (TAHOD) and the
Australian HIV Observational Database (AHOD) are initiatives of TREAT
Asia, a program of amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research; AHOD is
also funded by unconditional grants from Merck Sharp & Dohme, Gilead
Sciences, Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS), Boehringer Ingelheim,
JanssenCilag, ViiV Healthcare. The Kirby Institute is funded by the Australian
Government Department of Health and Ageing and is affiliated with
the Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales Australia. The
COHERE study group has received unrestricted funding from ANRS,
France; HIV Monitoring Foundation, the Netherlands; and the Augustinus
The research leading to these results has received funding from the
European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007–2013;
EuroCoord grant 260694). A list of the funders of the participating cohorts
can be found at www.COHERE.org. JMM received a personal 80:20
research grant from the Institut d’Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i
Sunyer (IDIBAPS), Barcelona, Spain during 2017-19. This study was also
made possible by the generous support of the American people through the
United States Agency for International Development (INROADS
USAID674-A-12-00029) and by the Swiss National Science Foundation (grant
Ambizione-PROSPER PZ00P3_160407 to J. B.).
Potential conflicts of interest. A. M. received honoraria, lecture fees,
consultancy fees, and travel support from Gilead, BMS, BI, Pfizer, Merck,
GSK and Wragge LLC. A. A. received support from Gilead Sciences,
Bristol Myers Squibb, Janssen Cilag, Merck, ViiV Healthcare, and Abbvie.
C. S. received support from MRC, Gilead Sciences, ViiV Healthcare,
and Janssen-Cilag. C. A. is an ABIVAX DSMB member. C. M. received
support from BMS, MSD, ViiV, Gilead, and Abbvie. D. B. received
funding from Sidaction. F. B. received support from Gilead, Janssen, ViiV
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Healthcare, BMS, and MSD. G. F. received support from Janssen, BMS,
MSD, and Gilead. J. C. is employed by the Vanderbilt University Medical
Center, and received support from the NIH. M. J. G. is ad hoc member
of HIV National Advisory Boards of Merck, Gilead, and ViiV. J. M. M.
received support from Abbvie, BMS, Merck, Novartis, ViiV Healthcare,
Genentech, Medtronic, and Pfizer. L. M. received funding from ANRS
and FP7 through MRC. M. L. received support from Gilead Sciences,
Boehringer Ingelheim, Merck, Sharp & Dohme, Bristol Myers Squibb,
Janssen-Cilag, and ViiV Healthcare and DSMB sitting fees from Sirtex
Pty Ltd. M. M. received support from the USAID. M. S. received
funding from Pfizer and Merck. N. T. has been an advisory board member
for GSK, Gilead, and MSD, and received travel support from Gilead and
GSK. R. C. received funding from Gilead, the NICHD, and the NIAID. R.
M. received payments for the development of educational presentations
from Medscape. V. S. received payments for the development of
educational presentations from ViiV Healthcare and Gilead Sciences. Y.-M.
A. C. received support from the Kaohsiung Medical University and the
Ministry of Science and Technology. All other authors report no potential
conflicts. The authors have submitted the ICMJE Form for Disclosure of
Potential Conflicts of Interest. Conflicts that the editors consider relevant
to the content of the manuscript have been disclosed.
COHERE Steering Committee—contributing cohorts. Ali Judd
(AALPHI), Robert Zangerle (AHIVCOS), Giota Touloumi (AMACS),
Josiane Warszawski (Agence Nationale de Recherches sur le SIDA et les
Hépatites Virales [ANRS] CO1 EPF/ANRS CO11 OBSERVATOIRE EPF),
Laurence Meyer (ANRS CO2 SEROCO), François Dabis (ANRS CO3
AQUITAINE), Murielle Mary Krause (ANRS CO4 FHDH), Jade Ghosn
(ANRS CO6 PRIMO), Catherine Leport (ANRS CO8 COPILOTE), Linda
Wittkop (ANRS CO13 HEPAVIH), Peter Reiss (ATHENA), Ferdinand Wit
(ATHENA), Maria Prins (CASCADE), Heiner Bucher (CASCADE), Diana
Gibb (CHIPS), Gerd Fätkenheuer (Cologne-Bonn), Julia Del Amo (CoRIS),
Niels Obel (Danish HIV Cohort), Claire Thorne (ECS), Amanda Mocroft
(EuroSIDA), Ole Kirk (EuroSIDA), Christoph Stephan (Frankfurt),
Santiago Pérez-Hoyos (GEMES-Haemo), Osamah Hamouda (German
ClinSurv), Barbara Bartmeyer (German ClinSurv), Nikoloz Chkhartishvili
(Georgian National HIV/AIDS), Antoni Noguera-Julian (CORISPE-cat),
Andrea Antinori (ICC), Antonella d’Arminio Monforte (ICONA), Norbert
Brockmeyer (KOMPNET), Luis Prieto (Madrid PMTCT Cohort), Pablo
Rojo Conejo (CORISPES-Madrid), Antoni Soriano-Arandes (NENEXP),
Manuel Battegay (SHCS), Roger Kouyos (SHCS), Cristina Mussini (Modena
Cohort), Pat Tookey (NSHPC), Jordi Casabona (PISCIS), Jose M. Miró
(PISCIS), Antonella Castagna (San Raffaele), Deborah Konopnick (St
Pierre Cohort), Tessa Goetghebuer (St Pierre Paediatric Cohort), Anders
Sönnerborg (Swedish InfCare), Eugenia Quiros-Roldan (Italian Master
Cohort), Caroline Sabin (UK CHIC), Ramon Teira (VACH), Myriam
Garrido (VACH), and David Haerry (European AIDS Treatment Group).
COHERE Executive Committee. Stéphane de Wit (chair; St Pierre
University Hospital), Jose M. Miró (PISCIS), Dominique Costagliola
(FHDH), Antonella d’Arminio-Monforte (ICONA), Antonella Castagna
(San Raffaele), Julia del Amo (CoRIS), Amanda Mocroft (EuroSida), Dorthe
Raben (Head, Copenhagen Regional Coordinating Centre), and Geneviève
Chêne (head, Bordeaux Regional Coordinating Centre); pediatric cohort
representatives: Ali Judd and Pablo Rojo Conejo.
COHERE regional coordinating centers. Bordeaux: Diana Barger,
Christine Schwimmer, Monique Termote, and Linda Wittkop; Copenhagen:
Maria Campbell, Casper M. Frederiksen, Nina Friis-Møller, Jesper Kjaer,
Dorthe Raben, and Rikke Salbøl Brandt.
COHERE project leads and statisticians. Juan Berenguer, Julia Bohlius,
Vincent Bouteloup, Heiner Bucher, Alessandro Cozzi-Lepri, François
Dabis, Antonella d’Arminio Monforte, Mary-Anne Davies, Julia del Amo,
Maria Dorrucci, David Dunn, Matthias Egger, Hansjakob Furrer, Sophie
Grabar, Marguerite Guiguet, Ali Judd, Ole Kirk, Olivier Lambotte, Valériane
Leroy, Sara Lodi, Sophie Matheron, Laurence Meyer, Jose M. Miro, Amanda
Mocroft, Susana Monge, Fumiyo Nakagawa, Roger Paredes, Andrew
Phillips, Massimo Puoti, Eliane Rohner, Michael Schomaker, Colette Smit,
Jonathan Sterne, Rodolphe Thiebaut, Claire Thorne, Carlo Torti, Marc van
der Valk, and Linda Wittkop.
IeDEA-SA Steering Group. Frank Tanser, Africa Centre for Health and
Population Studies, University of Kwazulu-Natal, Somkhele, South Africa;
Michael Vinikoor, Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia, Lusaka;
Eusebio Macete, Centro de Investigação em Saúde de Manhiça, Manhiça,
Mozambique; Robin Wood, Desmond Tutu HIV Centre (Gugulethu and
Masiphumelele clinics), Cape Town, South Africa; Kathryn Stinson,
Khayelitsha ART Programme and Médecins Sans Frontières, Cape Town,
South Africa; Daniela Garone, Khayelitsha ART Programme and Médecins
Sans Frontières, Cape Town; Geoffrey Fatti, Kheth’Impilo Programme,
South Africa; Sam Phiri, Lighthouse Trust Clinic, Lilongwe, Malawi; Janet
Giddy, McCord Hospital, Durban, South Africa; Cleophas Chimbetete,
Newlands Clinic, Harare, Zimbabwe; Kennedy Malisita, Queen Elizabeth
Hospital, Blantyre, Malawi; Brian Eley, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s
Hospital and Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of
Cape Town; Christiane Fritz, SolidarMed SMART Programme, Lesotho;
Michael Hobbins, SolidarMed SMART Programme, Pemba Region,
Mozambique; Kamelia Kamenova, SolidarMed SMART Programme,
Masvingo, Zimbabwe; Matthew Fox, Themba Lethu Clinic, Johannesburg,
South Africa; Hans Prozesky, Tygerberg Academic Hospital, Stellenbosch,
South Africa; Karl Technau, Empilweni Clinic, Rahima Moosa Mother and
Child Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa; and Shobna Sawry, Harriet
Shezi Children’s Clinic, Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Soweto, South
Africa. We also acknowledge colleagues at the National Health Laboratory
Service and the National Cancer Registry in South Africa.
NA-ACCORD collaborating cohorts and representatives. AIDS
Clinical Trials Group Longitudinal Linked Randomized Trials: Constance
A. Benson and Ronald J. Bosch; AIDS Link to the IntraVenous Experience:
Gregory D. Kirk; Fenway Health HIV Cohort: Stephen Boswell, Kenneth
H. Mayer, and Chris Grasso; HAART Observational Medical Evaluation and
Research: Robert S. Hogg, P. Richard Harrigan, Julio S. G. Montaner, Benita
Yip, Julia Zhu, Kate Salters, and Karyn Gabler; HIV Outpatient Study: Kate
Buchacz, and John T. Brooks; HIV Research Network: Kelly A. Gebo and
Richard D. Moore; Johns Hopkins HIV Clinical Cohort: Richard D. Moore;
John T. Carey Special Immunology Unit Patient Care and Research
Database, Case Western Reserve University: Benigno Rodriguez; Kaiser
Permanente Mid-Atlantic States: Michael A. Horberg; Kaiser Permanente
Northern California: Michael J. Silverberg; Longitudinal Study of Ocular
Complications of AIDS: Jennifer E. Thorne; Multicenter Hemophilia
Cohort Study–II: Charles Rabkin; Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study: Joseph
B. Margolick, Lisa P. Jacobson, and Gypsyamber D’Souza; Montreal Chest
Institute Immunodeficiency Service Cohort: Marina B. Klein; Ontario
HIV Treatment Network Cohort Study: Sean B. Rourke, Anita R. Rachlis,
and Patrick Cupido; Retrovirus Research Center, Bayamon Puerto Rico:
Robert F. Hunter-Mellado and Angel M. Mayor; Southern Alberta Clinic
Cohort: M. John Gill; Study of the Consequences of the Protease Inhibitor
Era: Steven G. Deeks and Jeffrey N. Martin; Study to Understand the
Natural History of HIV/AIDS in the Era of Effective Therapy: Pragna Patel
and John T. Brooks; University of Alabama at Birmingham 1917 Clinic
Cohort: Michael S. Saag, Michael J. Mugavero and James Willig; University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill HIV Clinic Cohort: Joseph J. Eron and
Sonia Napravnik; University of Washington HIV Cohort: Mari M. Kitahata,
Heidi M. Crane, and Daniel R. Drozd; Vanderbilt Comprehensive Care
Clinic HIV Cohort: Timothy R. Sterling, David Haas, Peter Rebeiro, Megan
Turner, Sally Bebawy, and Ben Rogers; Veterans Aging Cohort Study: Amy
C. Justice, Robert Dubrow, and David Fiellin; Women’s Interagency HIV
Study: Stephen J. Gange and Kathryn Anastos.
NA-ACCORD study administration. Executive Committee: Richard
D. Moore, Michael S. Saag, Stephen J. Gange, Mari M. Kitahata, Keri
N. Althoff, Michael A. Horberg, Marina B. Klein, Rosemary G. McKaig,
and Aimee M. Freeman; Administrative Core: Richard D. Moore, Aimee
M. Freeman, and Carol Lent; Data Management Core: Mari M. Kitahata,
Stephen E. Van Rompaey, Heidi M. Crane, Daniel R. Drozd, Liz Morton,
Justin McReynolds, and William B. Lober; Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Core: Stephen J. Gange, Keri N. Althoff, Alison G. Abraham, Bryan Lau,
Jinbing Zhang, Jerry Jing, Sharada Modur, Cherise Wong, Brenna Hogan,
Fidel Desir, Bin Liu, and Bin You.
IeDEA Caribbean, Central and South America (CCASAnet). Fundación
Huésped, Argentina: Pedro Cahn, Carina Cesar, Valeria Fink, Omar Sued,
Emanuel Dell’Isola, Hector Perez, Jose Valiente, and Cleyton Yamamoto;
Instituto Nacional de Infectologia-Fiocruz, Brazil: Beatriz Grinsztejn,
Valdilea Veloso, Paula Luz, Raquel de Boni, Sandra Cardoso Wagner, Ruth
Friedman, and Ronaldo Moreira; Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais,
Brazil: Jorge Pinto, Flavia Ferreira, Marcelle Maia; Universidade Federal de
São Paulo, Brazil: Regina Célia de Menezes Succi, Daisy Maria Machado,
and Aida de Fátima Barbosa Gouvêa; Fundación Arriarán, Chile: Marcelo
Wolff, Claudia Cortes, Maria Fernanda Rodriguez, and Gladys Allendes;
Les Centres GHESKIO, Haiti: Jean William Pape, Vanessa Rouzier, Adias
Marcelin, and Christian Perodin; Hospital Escuela Universitario, Honduras:
Marco Tulio Luque; Instituto Hondureño de Seguridad Social, Honduras:
Denis Padgett; Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Médicas y Nutrición
Salvador Zubirán, Mexico: Juan Sierra Madero, Brenda Crabtree Ramirez,
Paco Belaunzaran, and Yanink Caro Vega; Instituto de Medicina Tropical
Alexander von Humboldt, Peru: Eduardo Gotuzzo, Fernando Mejia, and
Gabriela Carriquiry; Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Catherine
C. McGowan, Bryan E. Shepherd, Timothy Sterling, Karu Jayathilake,
Anna K. Person, Peter F. Rebeiro, Mark Giganti, Jessica Castilho, Stephany
N. Duda, Fernanda Maruri, and Hilary Vansell.
TREAT Asia HIV Observational Database (TAHOD) study
members. P. S. Ly (TAHOD Steering Committee member [TSC]) and V. Khol,
National Center for HIV/AIDS, Dermatology and STDs, Phnom Penh,
Cambodia; F. J. Zhang (TSC and TAHOD Steering Committee cochair),
H. X. Zhao and N. Han, Beijing Ditan Hospital, Capital Medical University,
Beijing, China; M. P. Lee (TSC), P. C. K. Li, W. Lam, and Y. T. Chan, Queen
Elizabeth Hospital, Hong Kong, China; N. Kumarasamy (TSC), S. Saghayam
and C. Ezhilarasi, Chennai Antiviral Research and Treatment Clinical
Research Site (CARTCRS), YRGCARE Medical Centre, VHS, Chennai,
India; S. Pujari (TSC), K. Joshi, S. Gaikwad, and A. Chitalikar, Institute of
Infectious Diseases, Pune, India; T. P. Merati (TSC), D. N. Wirawan, and
F. Yuliana, Faculty of Medicine, Udayana University and Sanglah Hospital,
Bali, Indonesia; E. Yunihastuti (TSC), D. Imran and A. Widhani, Faculty
of Medicine Universitas Indonesia–Dr Cipto Mangunkusumo General
Hospital, Jakarta, Indonesia; J. Tanuma (TSC), S. Oka and T. Nishijima,
National Center for Global Health and Medicine, Tokyo, Japan; J. Y. Choi
(TSC), S. Na, and J. M. Kim, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department
of Internal Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, South
Korea; B. L. H. Sim (TSC), Y. M. Gani, and R. David, Hospital Sungai
Buloh, Sungai Buloh, Malaysia; A. Kamarulzaman (TSC), S. F. Syed Omar,
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S. Ponnampalavanar, and I. Azwa, University Malaya Medical Centre, Kuala
Lumpur, Malaysia; R. Ditangco (TSC), E. Uy, and R, Bantique, Research
Institute for Tropical Medicine, Manila, Philippines; W. W. Wong (TSC and
TAHOD Steering Committee chair), W. W. Ku, and P. C. Wu, Taipei Veterans
General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan; O. T. Ng (TSC), P. L. Lim, L. S. Lee, and
P. S. Ohnmar, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore; A. Avihingsanon (TSC),
S. Gatechompol, P. Phanuphak, and C. Phadungphon, HIV-NAT/Thai
Red Cross AIDS Research Centre, Bangkok, Thailand; S. Kiertiburanakul
(TSC), S. Sungkanuparph, L. Chumla, and N. Sanmeema, Faculty
of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok,
Thailand; R. Chaiwarith (TSC), T. Sirisanthana, W. Kotarathititum, and
J. Praparattanapan, Research Institute for Health Sciences, Chiang Mai,
Thailand; P. Kantipong (TSC) and P. Kambua, Chiangrai Prachanukroh
Hospital, Chiang Rai, Thailand; W. Ratanasuwan (TSC) and R. Sriondee,
Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok,
Thailand; K. V. Nguyen (TSC), H. V. Bui, D. T. H. Nguyen, and D. T. Nguyen,
National Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Hanoi, Vietnam; D. D. Cuong
(TSC), N. V. An and N. T. Luan, Bach Mai Hospital, Hanoi; A. H. Sohn
(TSC), J. L. Ross (TSC), and B. Petersen, TREAT Asia, amfAR–Foundation
for AIDS Research, Bangkok, Thailand; D. A. Cooper, M. G. Law (TSC),
A. Jiamsakul (TSC), and D. C. Boettiger, Kirby Institute, University of New
South Wales, Australia, Sydney, Australia.
Australian HIV Observational Database (AHOD) study members. New
South Wales: D. Ellis, Coffs Harbour Medical Centre, Coffs Harbour; M.
Bloch, S. Agrawal, and T. Vincent, Holdsworth House Medical Practice,
Sydney; D. Allen, Holden Street Clinic, Gosford; D. Smith, A. Rankin,
Lismore Sexual Health and AIDS Services, Lismore; D. Baker (AHOD
Steering Committee member [ASC]), East Sydney Doctors, Surry Hills; D.
J. Templeton (ASC), C. C. O’Connor, and O. Thackeray, RPA Sexual Health,
Camperdown; E. Jackson and K. McCallum, Blue Mountains Sexual Health
and HIV Clinic, Katoomba; N. Ryder and G. Sweeney, Clinic 468, HNE
Sexual Health, Tamworth; D. Cooper, A. Carr, K. Macrae, and K. Hesse, St
Vincent’s Hospital, Darlinghurst; R. Finlayson and S. Gupta, Taylor Square
Private Clinic, Darlinghurst; J. Langton-Lockton and J. Shakeshaft, Nepean
Sexual Health and HIV Clinic, Penrith; K. Brown, S. Idle, and N. Arvela,
Illawarra Sexual Health Service, Warrawong; R. Varma and H. Lu, Sydney
Sexual Health Centre, Sydney; D. Couldwell and S. Eswarappa, Western
Sydney Sexual Health Clinic; D. E. Smith (ASC), V. Furner, D. Smith, and
G. Cabrera, Albion Street Centre; S. Fernando, Clinic 16–Royal North Shore
Hospital; A. Cogle (ASC), National Association of People living with HIV/
AIDS; C. Lawrence (ASC), National Aboriginal Community Controlled
Health Organisation; B. Mulhall (ASC), Department of Public Health and
Community Medicine, University of Sydney; M. Boyd (ASC), University of
Adelaide; M. Law (ASC), K. Petoumenos (ASC), R. Puhr (ASC), R. Huang
(ASC), and A. Han (ASC), Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales.
Northern Territory: M. Gunathilake, R. Payne, Communicable Disease
Centre, Darwin. Queensland: M. O’Sullivan and A. Croydon, Gold Coast
Sexual Health Clinic, Miami; D. Russell, C. Cashman, and C. Roberts,
Cairns Sexual Health Service, Cairns; D. Sowden, K. Taing, and P. Marshall,
Clinic 87, Sunshine Coast-Wide Bay Health Service District, Nambour;
D. Orth and D. Youds, Gladstone Road Medical Centre, Highgate Hill; D.
Rowling, N. Latch, and E. Warzywoda, Sexual Health and HIV Service in
Metro North, Brisbane; B. Dickson (ASC), CaraData. South Australia: W.
Donohue, O’Brien Street General Practice, Adelaide: Victoria: R. Moore,
S. Edwards, and S. Boyd, Northside Clinic, North Fitzroy; N. J. Roth (ASC)
and H. Lau, Prahran Market Clinic, South Yarra; T. Read and J. Silvers
(ASC), W. Zeng, Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, Melbourne; J. Hoy
(ASC), K. Watson (ASC), M. Bryant, and S. Price, The Alfred Hospital,
Melbourne; I. Woolley, M. Giles (ASC), T. Korman, and J. Williams (ASC),
Monash Medical Centre, Clayton. Western Australia: D. Nolan, A. Allen,
and G. Guelfi, Department of Clinical Immunology, Royal Perth Hospital.
New Zealand: G. Mills and C. Wharry, Waikato District Hospital Hamilton;
N. Raymond, K. Bargh, Wellington Hospital. Cause of death reviewers: D.
Templeton, M. Giles, K. Brown, and J. Hoy.
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