International journal of gynaecology and obstetrics: the official organ of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics 2017 10 28() doi 10.1002/ijgo.12369
To examine the relationship between highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) and cervical cytologic abnormalities among women with HIV infection.
A cross-sectional prospective study was undertaken of 110 women attending an HIV clinic in Nnewi, Nigeria, between January 2016 and January 2017. A cervical smear was obtained. A bivariate analysis was undertaken, and multiple logistic regression models were used to identify factors independently associated with cervical cytologic analysis.
Cervical cytologic abnormalities were identified in 31 (28.2%) participants. On bivariate analysis, use of HAART for 2-5 years was associated with a reduction in the risk of cervical cytologic abnormalities (P=0.033), and this risk was further reduced when HAART was taken for more than 5 years (P<0.001). Other factors that significantly reduced risk of cervical cytologic abnormalities included a CD4 count of 300 cells per mL or more (P<0.001), age 30 years or older (P<0.001), and time since HIV diagnosis of more than 5 years (P=0.021). On multivariate analysis, risk of cervical cytologic abnormalities among the women were significantly reduced by use of HAART for more than 5 years (P=0.032) and CD4 count of 300 cells per mL or more (P<0.001). CONCLUSION
Long-term use of HAART and CD4 count of 300 cells per mL or more were associated with a reduced risk of cervical cytologic abnormalities. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.