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Comparison of gynecologic history and laboratory results in HIV-positive women with CD4+ lymphocyte counts between 200 and 500 cells/microl and below 100 cells/microl.

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University of Washington, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Seattle 98195-6460, USA.



To assess rates of sexual activity, contraceptive use, genital infections and dysplasia, and other gynecologic symptoms among well-characterized populations of HIV-seropositive women enrolled in two Adult AIDS Clinical Trials Group (AACTG) randomized studies.


Gynecologic data were collected using standardized interview and examination forms from women enrolled in two protocols: ACTG 175, an antiretroviral trial (CD4+ lymphocyte counts 200-500 cells/microl) and ACTG 196, a Mycobacterium avium complex prophylaxis trial (CD4+ counts < or =100 cells/microl).


Women enrolled in the two studies were similar in age, race, weight, and history of illicit or injection drug use, but women in ACTG 196 (n = 67) had lower median CD4+ counts (median, 35 cells/microl; range, 0-135 cells/microl versus median, 356 cells/microl; range, 131-620 cells/microl; p < .0005), were less likely to be antiretroviral naive (6% versus 38%; p < .0005), and were more likely to have a Karnofsky score <80 (28% versus 5%; p < .0001) than women in ACTG 175 (n = 185) at baseline. Recent changes in menstrual cycle were not different between groups. Women enrolled in ACTG 196 were less likely to be sexually active (40% versus 61%; p < .005), but both groups reported high levels of contraceptive use. Papanicolaou smear results in ACTG 196 and ACTG 175 respectively, were: normal, 38% and 50%, atypia, 24% and 39%, low-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions (SIL), 27% and 10%, and high-grade SIL, 11% and 0.7% (p < .001).


Gynecologic complications are common among HIV-seropositive women with CD4+ lymphocyte counts < 500 cells/microl and are more common and severe among those with more advanced immunosuppression.

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