Effect of HCV infection on glucose metabolism in pregnant women with HIV receiving HAART

Carmela Pinnetti, Marco Floridia, Antonella Cingolani, Elena Visconti, Anna Franca Cavaliere, Lucia Pastore Celentano, Enrica Tamburrini

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Objective: A prospective study was designed to evaluate the prevalence and determinants of glucose metabolism abnormalities (GMAs) among HIV-1-infected pregnant women receiving highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). Methods: Blood samples were collected in fasting conditions and following a 100 g oral glucose tolerance test among HIV-infected pregnant women consecutively followed at asingle HIV reference centre in 2001-2008. GMAs were defined by glucose intolerance(IGT) or gestational diabetes (GDM), according to the National Diabetes Data Group criteria. Predictors of GMAs were assessed in univariate and multivariate analyses. Results: Overall, 78 women with no history of diabetes or GMAs were eligible for analysis. All were on stable HAART with either nevirapine or protease inhibitors (PIs) from at least 4 weeks at the time of sampling. GMAs during pregnancy were observed in 20 women (25.6%; GDM: 6, 7.7%; IGT: 14, 17.9%). In a multivariate analysis, after adjusting for age and ongoing antiretroviral treatment (PI or nevirapine), GMAs in pregnancy were significantly associated with HCV coinfection(adjusted odds ratio 4.16; 95% CI, 1.22-14.1;p = .022). No maternal or neonatalcomplications were observed. Conclusion: GMAs represent a relevant issue in the management of HIV-1-infected pregnant women. Our data suggest that these abnormalities are relatively common in this particular group. Women with HCV coinfection have an increased risk of developing GMAs during pregnancy and should be monitored for potential complications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)403-412
Number of pages10
JournalHIV Clinical Trials
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2009


  • Glucose metabolism abnormalities
  • HCV
  • HIV
  • Pregnancy
  • Protease inhibitors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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    Pinnetti, C., Floridia, M., Cingolani, A., Visconti, E., Cavaliere, A. F., Celentano, L. P., & Tamburrini, E. (2009). Effect of HCV infection on glucose metabolism in pregnant women with HIV receiving HAART. HIV Clinical Trials, 10(6), 403-412. https://doi.org/10.1310/hct1006-403