Background: The Thai Phase III Trial of ALVAC-HIV and AIDSVAX B/E showed an estimated vaccine efficacy (VE) of 31% to prevent acquisition of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Here we evaluated the effect of vaccination on disease progression after infection.
Methods: CD4(+) T-cell counts and HIV viral load (VL) were measured serially. The primary analysis evaluated vaccine efficacy (VEP) as the percent reduction (vaccine vs placebo) in cumulative probability of a primary composite endpoint of clinical and CD4(+) count components at prespecified time points after infection. Secondary analyses of biomarker-based endpoints were assessed using marginal mean and linear mixed models.
Results: There were 61 endpoints in the modified intent-to-treat cohort (mITT; n = 114). There was no evidence for efficacy at 30, 42, 54, and 60 months in the mITT and per protocol (n = 90) cohorts. Estimated VEP (mITT) was15.8% (-21.9, 41.8) at 60 months postinfection. There was weak evidence of lower VL and higher CD4(+) count at 60 and 66 months in the vaccine group. Lower mucosal VL was observed among vaccine recipients, primarily in semen (P = .04).
Conclusions: Vaccination did not affect the clinical course of HIV disease after infection. A potential vaccine effect on the genital mucosa warrants further study.
Trial registration: ClinicalTrials.gov NCT00337181.