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A switch to Raltegravir improves antiretroviral associated hepatotoxicity in individuals co-infected with HIV and hepatitis C

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M. Cevik, I. Katsarolis, G. J. Singh, M. Nelson

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Introduction: Raltegravir is a switch option for HIV/HCV co-infected individuals due to its hepatic neutral profile. We evaluated the effect of a switch to Raltegravir from other antiretroviral agents in HIV and HCV-co-infected individuals naïve to HCV therapy. Methods: Observational, single-centre study. Data on alanine aminotransferase levels, HCV-VL, CD4 cell count, HIV viral load levels and hepatic fibrosis score were collated six months pre-switch, at the time of switch and six months post switch to Raltegravir therapy. Results were compared utilizing the Kruskal-Wallis test. Results: Twenty-seven individuals were identified. Median age was 43 years, median duration of HIV infection was 7 years and median documented period of HCV infection at the time of switch was 26 months. A sustained improvement in ALT levels was observed. Median ALT levels were 254IU/L at the time of switch, decreasing significantly to 176IU/L, (p=0.0226) and 90IU/L (p=0.0138) 1 month post switch and 6 months post switch respectively. The median Hepatitis C viral load level at the time of the switch was 341,783copies/mL, which decreased to 224,066copies/mL 6 months after switch (p=0.04). Discussion: A switch to Raltegravir in individuals with HIV/HCV co-infection was effective in maintaining HIV virological suppression with improvement in drug-associated hepatotoxicity as measured by ALT.



Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)190-193
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Infection
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

    Research areas

  • CART, Co-infection, Enzyme elevations, Hepatitis, Hepatitis C, Hepatotoxicity, HIV, Liver, Raltegravir

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