JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes:
Basic and Translational Science
Evaluation of Rapid Progressors in HIV Infection as an Extreme Phenotype
Olson, Ashley D. MA; Guiguet, Marguerite PhD†,‡; Zangerle, Robert§; Gill, John MD‖; Perez-Hoyos, Santiago PhD¶; Lodi, Sara PhD#; Ghosn, Jade PhD**; Dorrucci, Maria PhD††; Johnson, Anne PhD‡‡; Sannes, Mette PhD§§; Moreno, Santiago PhD‖‖; Porter, Kholoud*; for CASCADE Collaboration in EuroCoord
*Medical Research Council Clinical Trials Unit, University College London, London, United Kingdom;
†INSERM U943, Paris, France;
‡UPMC, Paris, France;
§Innsbruck Medical University, Innsbruck, Austria;
‖University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada;
¶Vall d'Hebrón Institut de Recerca (VHIR), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain;
#Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Madrid, Spain;
**Service de Médecine Interne et Maladies Infectieuses, CHU Bicêtre, Paris, France;
††Department of Infectious, Parasitic and Immune-mediated Diseases, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy;
‡‡Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care, University College London, London, United Kingdom;
§§Ulleval University Hospital, Oslo, Norway; and
‖‖Hospital Universitário Ramón y Cajal, Madrid, Spain.
Correspondence to: Ashley D. Olson, Medical Research Council Clinical Trials Unit, University College London, Aviation House, 125 Kingsway, London WC2B 6NH, United Kingdom (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Supported by European Union Seventh Framework Program (FP7/2007-2013) under EuroCoord grant agreement no. 260694.
The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.
For a complete list of CASCADE Collaboration in EuroCoord, see Appendix 1.
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Received February 12, 2014
Accepted April 23, 2014
Design: Rapid CD4 cell loss represents an HIV phenotype used to identify causal variants of accelerated disease progression. The optimal rate and threshold for identifying this extreme phenotype in recently infected individuals is unclear.
Methods: Using a cohort of patients with known dates of HIV-1 seroconversion (SC), CASCADE (Concerted Action on SeroConversion on AIDS and Death in Europe), we identified proportions experiencing nadir CD4 cell levels within 1 year of SC, and assessed their mean AIDS-free survival time at 10-year follow-up and hazard of AIDS/death, compared with those whose CD4 remained >500 cells per cubic millimeter. Follow-up was censored at December 31, 1996 to avoid bias due to combination antiretroviral therapy initiation.
Results: Of 4876 individuals, 2.8%, 7.3%, and 24.9% experienced ≥1 CD4 <100, 200, and 350 cells per cubic millimeter, respectively, within 1 year of SC. Minimum CD4 levels of 30, 166, 231, and 506 cells per cubic millimeter were experienced during this period by 1%, 5%, 10%, and 50% of individuals, respectively. Mean (95% confidence interval) AIDS-free survival at 10 years follow-up was 2.9 (2.3 to 3.6), 5.5 (5.0 to 6.1), 6.7 (6.5 to 7.0), 7.4 (7.2 to 7.6), and 8.1 (7.9 to 8.3), for those with minimum counts ≤100, 100–200, 200–350, 350–500, >500 cells per cubic millimeter, respectively. Using counts of >500 cells per cubic millimeter as reference, the hazard ratios (95% confidence interval) of AIDS/death were 15.0 (11.9 to 18.9), 3.6 (2.9 to 4.5), 2.1 (1.8 to 2.4), and 1.5 (1.3 to 1.7), respectively. The hazard ratio increased to 37.5 (26.5 to 53.1) when a minimum CD4 count <100 was confirmed within 1 year of SC.
Conclusion: At least 1 CD4 ≤100 cells per cubic millimeter within the first year of SC identifies a rare group of individuals at high risk of disease progression and could form the basis for defining the rapid progressor phenotype.
Rapid HIV disease progression is an extreme HIV phenotype, although there is little consensus on a definition. Differences in HIV disease progression can be assessed by variability in biomarkers related to HIV disease, the 2 most common of which being CD4 and HIV-RNA. Variability in HIV-RNA, specifically low-circulating HIV-RNA, has defined those with slow disease progression, termed long-term nonprogressor or elite controller phenotypes, which are of particular importance to vaccine studies.1–10 Rapid progression, however, is equally important as it also contributes to our understanding of early risk factors of disease progression. This may in turn help optimize the frequency of clinical monitoring and antiretroviral therapy initiation.
In addition to the well-documented relationship between slow disease progression and low HIV-RNA, there is also known variation in CD4 levels at or shortly after seroconversion (SC). A number of studies to date have defined rapid progression based on various levels of immunosuppression,11–21 but it is not yet clear if this variability in CD4, 1 early measure or consecutive low CD4 measurements do, indeed, constitute rapid progression and how this rare phenotype should be defined.
The CASCADE (Concerted Action on SeroConversion on AIDS and Death in Europe) Collaboration, of HIV-positive individuals followed-up since HIV SC offers a unique opportunity to evaluate HIV rapid progression. Using data from CASCADE, we aim to document low CD4 near SC and examine HIV rapid disease progression. This work provides the basis for choosing a definition appropriate to the objectives of future research on this extreme phenotype.
We used data from the CASCADE 2011 data release in EuroCoord (www.EuroCoord.net), which consists of 25,629 seroconverters from 28 cohorts across Europe, Canada, Australia, and sub-Saharan Africa.22 Date of HIV SC were estimated by various methods, most commonly as the midpoint between the last documented HIV-negative and the first positive HIV antibody test dates with an interval of <3 years between the 2 test dates (85%). For the remainder, date of SC was estimated through laboratory evidence of SC (polymerase chain reaction positivity in the absence of HIV antibodies or antigen positivity with fewer than 4 bands on Western blot) (13%), or as the date of a SC illness (2%) with both an earlier documented negative and a later positive HIV test not more than 3 years apart. All cohorts contributing data to CASCADE received approval from their individual ethics review boards.
Because of the inconsistency of definitions described in the literature,11–21 with nadir CD4 cell counts ranging between 200 and 500 cells per cubic millimeter and follow-up ranging between 6 months and 8 years, we sought to identify those at highest risk of disease progression by severity of immunosuppression in early infection. We evaluated the frequency of low CD4 counts during the first year after SC and estimated the mean survival time at 10 years of follow-up and hazard of AIDS/death by nadir CD4 levels compared with individuals whose CD4 measurements remained above such levels during that period.
For all estimates, we considered only data from individuals who met the requirements for length of follow-up and minimum number of CD4 measurements. More specifically, only individuals with at least 1 CD4 count measured within the first year of SC could contribute information to assessing the risk associated with experiencing any specific nadir CD4 cell count within 1 year.
To provide estimates of the prevalence of low CD4 near SC, we calculated proportions experiencing various nadir CD4 levels within the first year of SC by mode of HIV transmission and age categories and plotted the cumulative proportion of individuals experiencing different nadir CD4 levels.
We used Cox proportional hazards models to estimate the relative hazard of AIDS/death among eligible individuals. As the nonproportionality assumption was not met in 3 of the 4 models, we used log-rank P values.23 We estimated restricted mean AIDS-free survival times (the area under the length of AIDS-free survival curves) at 10 years of follow-up using clinically relevant CD4 categories (<100, 100–200, 200–350, 350–500, and >500 cells/mm3) using pseudovalues, as described previously.23,24 The follow-up time of 10 years was chosen as this is the median time to AIDS in the pre–combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) era for individuals infected between 25 and 35 years of age and was close to the last observed event time.25 We also used fractional polynomials to explore the relationship of nadir CD4 measurements to the hazard of AIDS/death and restricted mean AIDS-free survival.26 For all models, we adjusted for the following potential confounders: sex, mode of HIV transmission, age at SC, and year at SC. Age and year of SC were modeled using restricted cubic splines with 3 knots.27 For all analyses, follow-up was censored at the earliest of AIDS or death date or on December 31, 1996 to avoid bias because of treatment initiation. AIDS was defined using the European case definition, which excludes CD4 <200 cells per cubic millimeter.28
In sensitivity analyses, we investigated the proportions experiencing nadir CD4 measurements within 6 months of SC and the hazard of AIDS/death observed by these minimum levels. We also investigated if confirmed CD4 measurements (ie, 2 counts) had an impact on the proportion, mean AIDS-free survival times, and hazard of AIDS/death within 6 months and 1 year of SC. Additionally, as the individuals in CASCADE are geographically diverse, we stratified all analysis by geographical origin. Analyses were conducted using Stata/IC 13.0.
Of 25,629 seroconverters, 20,753 were excluded for following reasons: 14,669 seroconverted after 1997, 6074 had no CD4 measurements within the first year of SC, 6 had an unknown AIDS date and 4 were <15 years of age at SC. Of the remaining 4876 individuals who were studied, 53% were men infected through sex between men (men who have sex with men), 21% through heterosexual contact, 22% through injection drug use, and the remainder were hemophiliacs or with unknown risk categories. The majority (78%) were male seroconverting at a median [interquartile range [IQR]) 29 (25–35) years old between 1982 and 1996. Median (IQR) time from SC to the lowest CD4 was 7.4 (4.5–9.8) months. Geographical origin was predominately European (78%) with few individuals from Africa (3%) and the Americas (1%) (Table 1). HIV subtype was missing for >80% of individuals in this analysis, but of those with known subtype, the data comprised mainly subtype B (>90%).
Baseline characteristics of the 6084 individuals seroconverting in the pre-cART era excluded from this analysis and the sensitivity analysis were similar to the 4876 individuals included in this analysis (Table 1) (see Table S1, Supplemental Digital Content, http://links.lww.com/QAI/A542).
CD4 Near SC
Median (IQR) initial CD4 count during the first year of SC was 550 (384–726). A total of 138 (2.8%), 356 (7.3%), and 1213 (24.9%) experienced at least 1 CD4 below 100, 200, and 350 cells per cubic millimeter, respectively, in the first year of SC (Fig. 1, Table 2). About 1%, 5%, 10%, and 50% of individuals experienced at least 1 CD4 <30, 166, 231, and 506 cells per cubic millimeter, respectively, within the first year of SC (Table 2). Higher CD4 cell levels were experienced by younger individuals and those infected through injection drug use (Table 2).
In sensitivity analyses, data were available from 2641, 2825, and 894 individuals with a confirmed CD4 within 1 year of SC, at least 1 CD4 within 6 months, and a confirmed CD4 within 6 months, respectively. Nadir CD4 percentiles remained qualitatively similar to those obtained from the main analysis (see Table S2, Supplemental Digital Content, http://links.lww.com/QAI/A542).
Predicted Mean Survival Time at 10-Year Follow-Up
The AIDS-free survival expectancy at 10 years follow-up significantly increased as nadir CD4 count measured within the first year of SC increased (Fig. 1, Table 3). Compared with individuals experiencing nadir CD4 counts <100 cells per cubic millimeter within the first year of SC, those with nadir CD4 of 100–200, 200–350, 350–500, and >500 have an increased AIDS-free survival expectancy of 2.6 (1.7–3.4), 3.8 (3.1–4.45), 4.5 (3.8–5.2), and 5.2 (4.5–5.5) years, respectively, during the first 10 years of HIV infection.
In a sensitivity analysis, the AIDS-free survival expectancy was qualitatively similar to results in the main analysis, increasing as nadir CD4 count and confirmed minimum CD4 measurements increased within 1 year and the 6 months of SC (Table 3). Predicted mean survival at 10 years follow-up was qualitatively similar when stratifying by geographical origin (data not shown).
Risk of AIDS/Death by Nadir CD4
The risk of AIDS/death increased as nadir CD4 count measured in the first year decreased. For individuals experiencing at least 1 count <100 cells per cubic millimeter, there was a 15-fold increased risk of AIDS/death compared with those whose nadir CD4 count remained >500 cells per cubic millimeter. Hazard of AIDS/death was significantly higher for those with nadir counts <500 cells per cubic millimeter, (Fig. 1, Table 3).
In sensitivity analyses, the risk of AIDS/death was qualitatively similar to results in main analyses. As expected, however, the risk was greatly elevated for those experiencing confirmed counts, namely; hazard ratio (95% confidence interval) 15.0 (11.9 to 18.9) vs. 37.5 (26.5 to 53.1) for CD4 ≤100 cells per cubic millimeter and 3.6 (2.9 to 4.5) vs. 6.3 (4.5 to 8.8) for CD4 100–200 cells per cubic millimeter comparing a single minimum CD4 count with a confirmed CD4 count within 1 year of SC. This same pattern was observed when comparing nadir CD4 with a confirmed minimum CD4 count within 6 months of SC, (Table 3). There was a similar trend of higher risk of AIDS/death for lower CD4 cell counts when stratifying by geographical origin (data not shown).
Individuals experiencing 1 or more CD4 cell count ≤100 cells per cubic millimeter within the first year of SC provide a rare group (2.8%) of HIV-positive individuals at the highest risk of disease progression with remarkably short mean AIDS-free survival of 2.9 years. These results suggest that CD4 monitoring close to SC may play an important role in identifying those at highest risk of progression. In addition to this, individuals with at least 1 CD4 cell count ≤500 cells per cubic millimeter are at an increased risk of AIDS/death compared with individuals whose CD4 remain above 500 cells per cubic millimeter.
We have shown that low CD4 cell counts <100 cells per cubic millimeter near SC is rare, but low CD4 near SC can have other research implications. Our definition can be useful for researching extreme phenotypes, particularly for genetic studies aiming to identify rare causal variants by looking at extreme ends of HIV disease progression.29,30 In addition to genetic implications, low CD4 near SC can have impact on HIV incidence measurements. HIV incidence measures such as The Recent Incidence Testing Algorithm aim to identify individuals infected within 4–6 months of sampling but exclude individuals who have AIDS, on ART or are identified with low CD4 as these individuals have been shown to be misclassified as recently infected.31 Our study suggests that up to 5% of the HIV-positive population tested in the first 6 months of SC will have a CD4 below 200 and thus would be misclassified as longstanding infection according to The Recent Incidence Testing Algorithm. These results suggest the need for an incidence estimate correction factor to account for low CD4 cell counts near SC.
Individuals experiencing confirmed low CD4 measurements <200 cells per cubic millimeter had more than a 2-fold increased risk of AIDS/death compared with minimum CD4 measurement alone. Although this may suggest that a confirmatory CD4 has a higher prognostic value of disease progression than a single CD4 alone, it is unusual for individuals to have a confirmed CD4 so close to SC, shown by our reduced numbers for this population. We were able to analyze repeated low CD4 measurements because these data were restricted to the pre-cART era; however, it is unlikely that in the cART era naive low confirmed CD4 measurements would be available, as all individuals with 1 CD4 <200 cells per cubic millimeter are recommended to be on treatment.
Subtype was missing for >80% of individuals in this analysis, and comprised mainly subtype B (90%), which compared with other HIV subtypes, has previously been shown to have different rates of CD4 cell levels near SC and CD4 rates of decline suggesting these results may not be generalizable to other HIV subtypes.32 We stratified the analysis by geographical origin and the same trend of higher risk of disease progression with lower CD4 cell counts was observed, suggesting these results are generalizable in different global epidemics.
Our study has several strengths. First, the availability of SC estimation is essential to identifying individuals with rapid disease progression. Without laboratory evidence of SC, individuals entering care with low CD4 would be termed late presenters instead of rapid progressors.33 Second, the availability of data in an era when ART was not used early in the course of disease allowed us to assess rapid progression without the interaction of ART on disease progression. In the cART era, individuals with CD4 <350 cells per cubic millimeter would be on cART and the impact of low CD4 <100 cells per cubic millimeter near SC would not be fully understood. Finally, the large sample size of our cohort allows us to compare between different possible combinations of this rare phenotype.
Our study has limitations. SC illness and HIV test intervals <31 days have been shown to be associated with faster disease progression,34,35 suggesting our proportion and risk estimates could be overinflated because of the increased likelihood of individuals seeking care when experiencing SC illness, although the midpoint method of estimating SC was used for 85% of seroconverters. We were unable to test if rapid progressors are more likely to report SC illness, as this is unknown in >70% of the CASCADE data set. However, among 1481 individuals in our study with known SC illness status, > 50% of individuals reported of SC illness with CD4 count <350 cells per cubic millimeter, where <50% of individuals reported no SC illness in those with a CD4 count ≥350 cells per cubic millimeter (data not shown). Although our study only investigates seroconverters, it has been shown that HIV progression, in particular CD4 decline, among seroconverters is similar to that of the general HIV-positive population suggesting our results are generalizable to the HIV-positive population.36
In conclusion, individuals with at least 1 CD4 ≤100 cells per cubic millimeter in the first year of SC are a rare and extreme group who are at a very high risk of rapid disease progression. Given that the HIV test intervals in this study are consistent with HIV testing guidelines,37–40 our study allows clinicians to identify individuals at risk of progression at an early stage for whom immediate initiation of therapy may be indicated. This study has also helps to identify an extreme HIV phenotype that increases power to detect rare variants in causal viral and host genetics of rapid HIV disease progression. This may, in turn, lead to targeted treatments for individuals at the greatest risk of progression. We suggest future research use at least 1 CD4 ≤100 cells per cubic millimeter within 1 year of SC as a definition for rapid progression.
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CASCADE Steering Committee: Julia Del Amo (Chair), Laurence Meyer (Vice Chair), Heiner C. Bucher, Geneviève Chêne, Osamah Hamouda, Deenan Pillay, Maria Prins, Magda Rosinska, Caroline Sabin, Giota Touloumi.
CASCADE Coordinating Centre: Kholoud Porter (Project Leader), Ashley Olson, Kate Coughlin, Lorraine Fradette, Sarah Walker, Abdel Babiker.
CASCADE Clinical Advisory Board: Heiner C. Bucher, Andrea De Luca, Martin Fisher, Roberto Muga.
CASCADE Collaborators: Australia: PHAEDRA cohort (Tony Kelleher, David Cooper, Pat Gray, Robert Finlayson, Mark Bloch) Sydney AIDS Prospective Study and Sydney Primary HIV Infection cohort (Tony Kelleher, Tim Ramacciotti, Linda Gelgor, David Cooper, Don Smith); Austria: Austrian HIV Cohort Study (Robert Zangerle); Canada: South Alberta clinic (John Gill); Estonia Tartu Ülikool (Irja Lutsar); France: ANRS CO3 Aquitaine cohort (Geneviève Chêne, Francois Dabis, Rodolphe Thiebaut), ANRS CO4 French Hospital Database (Dominique Costagliola, Marguerite Guiguet), Lyon Primary Infection cohort (Philippe Vanhems), French ANRS CO6 PRIMO cohort (Marie-Laure Chaix, Jade Ghosn), ANRS CO2 SEROCO cohort (Laurence Meyer, Faroudy Boufassa); Germany: German HIV-1 seroconverter cohort (Osamah Hamouda, Claudia Kücherer, Barbara Bartmeyer); Greece: AMACS (Anastasia Antoniadou, Georgios Chrysos, Georgios L. Daikos); Greek Haemophilia cohort (Giota Touloumi, Nikos Pantazis, Olga Katsarou); Italy: Italian Seroconversion Study (Giovanni Rezza, Maria Dorrucci), ICONA cohort (Antonella d’Arminio Monforte, Andrea De Luca); Netherlands: Amsterdam Cohort Studies among homosexual men and drug users (Maria Prins, Ronald Geskus, Jannie van der Helm, Hanneke Schuitemaker); Norway: Oslo and Ulleval Hospital cohorts (Mette Sannes, Oddbjorn Brubakk, Anne-Marte Bakken Kran); Poland: National Institute of Hygiene (Magdalena Rosinska); Spain: Badalona IDU hospital cohort (Roberto Muga, Jordi Tor), Barcelona IDU Cohort (Patricia Garcia de Olalla, Joan Cayla), CoRIS-scv (Julia del Amo, Santiago Moreno, Susana Monge); Madrid cohort (Julia Del Amo, Jorge del Romero), Valencia IDU cohort (Santiago Pérez-Hoyos); Sweden: Swedish InfCare HIV Cohort, Sweden (Anders Sönnerborg); Switzerland: Swiss HIV Cohort Study (Heiner C. Bucher, Martin Rickenbach, Patrick Francioli); Ukraine: Perinatal Prevention of AIDS Initiative (Ruslan Malyuta); United Kingdom: Public Health England (Gary Murphy), Royal Free haemophilia cohort (Caroline Sabin), UK Register of HIV Seroconverters (Kholoud Porter, Anne Johnson, Andrew Phillips, Abdel Babiker), University College London (Deenan Pillay). African cohorts: Genital Shedding Study (US: Charles Morrison; Family Health International, Robert Salata, Case Western Reserve University, Uganda: Roy Mugerwa, Makerere University, Zimbabwe: Tsungai Chipato, University of Zimbabwe); International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) Early Infections Cohort (Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia: Pauli N. Amornkul, IAVI, USA; Jill Gilmour, IAVI, United Kingdom; Anatoli Kamali, Uganda Virus Research Institute/Medical Research Council Uganda; Etienne Karita, Projet San Francisco, Rwanda).
EuroCoord Executive Board: Julia del Amo, Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Spain; Geneviève Chêne, University of Bordeaux II, France; Dominique Costagliola, Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale, France; Carlo Giaquinto, Fondazione PENTA, Italy; Jesper Grarup, Københavns Universitet, Denmark; Ole Kirk (Chair), Københavns Universitet, Denmark; Laurence Meyer, Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale, France; Ashley Olson, University College London, United Kingdom; Alex Panteleev, St. Petersburg City AIDS Centre, Russian Federation; Lars Peters, Københavns Universitet, Denmark; Andrew Phillips, University College London, United Kingdom, Kholoud Porter, University College London, United Kingdom; Peter Reiss (Scientific Coordinator), Academic Medical Centre University of Amsterdam, Netherlands; Claire Thorne, University College London, United Kingdom.
EuroCoord Council of Partners: Jean-Pierre Aboulker, Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale, France; Jan Albert, Karolinska Institute, Sweden; Silvia Asandi, Romanian Angel Appeal Foundation, Romania; Geneviève Chêne, University of Bordeaux II, France; Dominique Costagliola, INSERM, France; Antonella d’Arminio Monforte, ICoNA Foundation, Italy; Stéphane De Wit, St. Pierre University Hospital, Belgium; Peter Reiss, Stichting HIV Monitoring, Netherlands; Julia Del Amo, Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Spain; José Gatell (Chair), Fundació Privada Clínic per a la Recerca Bíomèdica, Spain; Carlo Giaquinto, Fondazione PENTA, Italy; Osamah Hamouda, Robert Koch Institut, Germany; Igor Karpov, University of Minsk, Belarus; Bruno Ledergerber, University of Zurich, Switzerland; Jens Lundgren, Københavns Universitet, Denmark; Ruslan Malyuta, Perinatal Prevention of AIDS Initiative, Ukraine; Claus Møller, Cadpeople A/S, Denmark; Kholoud Porter, University College London, United Kingdom; Maria Prins, Academic Medical Centre, Netherlands; Aza Rakhmanova, St. Petersburg City AIDS Centre, Russian Federation; Jürgen Rockstroh, University of Bonn, Germany; Magda Rosinska, National Institute of Public Health, National Institute of Hygiene, Poland; Manjinder Sandhu, Genome Research Limited; Claire Thorne, University College London, United Kingdom; Giota Touloumi, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece; Alain Volny Anne, European AIDS Treatment Group, France.
EuroCoord External Advisory Board: David Cooper, University of New South Wales, Australia; Nikos Dedes, Positive Voice, Greece; Kevin Fenton, Public Health England, USA; David Pizzuti, Gilead Sciences, USA; Marco Vitoria, World Health Organization, Switzerland.
EuroCoord Secretariat: Kate Coughlin, University College London, United Kingdom; Silvia Faggion, Fondazione PENTA, Italy; Lorraine Fradette, University College London, United Kingdom; Richard Frost, MRC Regional Centre London, United Kingdom; Dorthe Raben, Københavns Universitet, Denmark; Christine Schwimmer, University of Bordeaux II, France; Martin Scott, UCL European Research and Development Office, United Kingdom. Cited Here...
HIV; rare phenotype; disease progression; genetics
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