Treatment outcome of antiretroviral treatment naive HIV infected patients initiated on antiretroviral therapy in a tertiary care hospital in South India


  • Rajendra Prasad S. Department of Medicine, JSS Medical College and Hospital, JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research, Mysuru, Karnataka, India
  • Subhash Chandra B. J. Department of Medicine, JSS Medical College and Hospital, JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research, Mysuru, Karnataka, India



Anemia, CD4 count, HIV infections, Opportunistic infections and tuberculosis


Background: About 2.1 million people are infected with HIV in India. Clinical profile of patients has evolved over a period of time in the Antiretroviral treatment (ART) era. This study was done to document the clinical presentation of patients in a tertiary care in Mysuru in Karnataka. The aim of the study was to follow the patients who were initiated on ART over a period of time and to know its effect on the clinical outcome and overall morbidity and mortality of the patients.

Methods: A prospective study of HIV positive patients who were initiated on ART was done regarding clinical profile and outcome over a period of one and a half to two years depending on when they were initiated on ART.

Results: Totally 183 patients were registered during the period, out of which 114 patients (62.29%) were males and the rest were females (37.70%). The commonest route of transmission was heterosexual route seen in 97.3% (178). Most (56.8%) of the patients were asymptomatic. The mean basal CD4 count was 162.70. The mean age of patients was 39.07. The mean BMI was 20.29. A 23.5% (43) had one or other side effects. Anemia (44.2%) was the most common side effects seen. There were 18 deaths (12.2%). A 39.34% (72) patients had opportunistic infections (OI), the commonest being tuberculosis 45(%).

Conclusions: It was concluded that patients with low CD4 count, low BMI were more prone for Opportunistic infections and death. Early initiation of ART can prevent such incidences and improve the quality of life of HIV positive patients.


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S., R. P., & J., S. C. B. (2018). Treatment outcome of antiretroviral treatment naive HIV infected patients initiated on antiretroviral therapy in a tertiary care hospital in South India. International Journal of Research in Medical Sciences, 6(5), 1704–1709.



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