Lisa R. Metsch, PhD
Associate Professor, Dept. of Epidemiology and Public Health
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Using the existing CTN-0049 cohort as a research platform, the proposed RCT will assess the effectiveness of an efficacious linkage to care intervention for HIV/HCV co-infected substance users. Linkage to care will be operationalized as receipt of clinical evaluation/treatment for HCV infection. Secondary objectives will be to assess: 1) relative success at each step in the cascade, 2) engagement in substance use treatment and HIV care, and 3) HIV viral suppression as well as 4) to examine other long-run outcomes of the CTN-0049 cohort.
Three hundred and eighty-one individuals were screened and 113 randomized. Median age was 51 years; 58.4% male and 72.6% Black/African American. Median HIV-1 viral load was 27,209 copies/ml with 69% having a detectable viral load. Mean number of steps completed was statistically significantly higher in the intervention (2.44 steps) vs. control group (1.68 steps) [χ 2(1)=7.36, p=0.0067]. Men in the intervention (vs. control) group completed a statistically significantly higher number of steps. Eleven participants achieved sustained viral response with no difference by treatment group. The care facilitation intervention increased progress along the HCV/HIV care continuum, as observed for men and not women. Study findings also highlight the continued challenges to achieve individual patient sustained viral responses and population level HCV elimination.
Primary Outcomes Article: Metsch L, et al. Care Facilitation Advances Movement Along The Hepatitis C Care Continuum For Persons With HIV, Hepatitis C And Substance Use: A Randomized Clinical Trial (CTN-0064). Open Forum Infectious Diseases 2021; ofab334. [get article]
- CTN-0064-A-1: Determination of Cause of Death Among HIV-Infected Substance Users Enrolled in Project Hope: A 4-Year Follow-Up
- CTN-0049: Project HOPE: Hospital Visit as Opportunity for Prevention and Engagement for HIV-Infected Drug Users
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