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The REPRIEVE (A5332) trial is the first-ever, large scale clinical trial to test a strategy to prevent heart disease among people living with HIV. Participants in this trial will be contributing meaningfully to the pursuit of new medical knowledge.

  1. What is the purpose of the REPRIEVE trial?
  2. Who can participate in REPRIEVE?
  3. How will this trial work?
  4. How many people will participate in the REPRIEVE trial?
  5. How long will it take to finish the REPRIEVE trial?
  6. Where will the REPRIEVE trial be conducted?
  7. How can I learn more about the REPRIEVE trial?
  8. Is there a substudy as part of the REPRIEVE trial?
  9. Who funds the REPRIEVE trial?

1. What is the purpose of the REPRIEVE trial?

The goal of the REPRIEVE trial will test a strategy to reduce the risk of heart disease –including heart attack and stroke – among people living with HIV. Previous studies have shown that HIV-infected individuals are at higher risk for heart disease than individuals without HIV.

Among HIV-infected individuals, cardiovascular disease risk is thought to be influenced by traditional risk factors – such as cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol – and also by factors unique to HIV, such as chronic inflammation. The goal of the REPRIEVE trial is to determine whether treatment with a statin medication (pitavastatin) reduces the risk of heart disease among HIV-infected individuals with relatively low traditional risk scores and for whom statins would not otherwise be recommended according to US cholesterol treatment guidelines.

Statins are medications which lower cholesterol levels in the blood, but which have also been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects. Statins have already been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease in the general population among individuals felt to be at high risk for heart disease based on traditional risk factors. At the conclusion of the REPRIEVE trial, we will know whether statins reduce the risk of heart disease among HIV-infected individuals with relatively low traditional risk scores.

2. Who can participate in REPRIEVE?

You may be eligible if you are:

  • HIV positive and between the ages of 40 and 75
  • On antiretroviral therapy (ART) for at least 6 months prior to study entry
  • No history of heart disease (including heart attack or stroke)
  • Must not be currently using a statin drug
  • Low to moderate risk for developing heart disease

3. How will this trial work?

Participants will be randomized (like flipping a coin) to take either:

  • Pitavastatin 4 mg, one pill daily
  • Placebo for pitavastatin, one pill daily

Pitavastatin is a statin that has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of high cholesterol. Not all participants in the trial will have high levels of cholesterol, as per the trial design. Advice on healthy diet and exercise will be given to all participants in the trial. Pitavastatin has been shown to be safe in individuals taking antiretroviral (ART) medications.

4. How many people will participate in the REPRIEVE trial?

The REPRIEVE trial expects to enroll 6500 participants into the trial.

5. How long will it take to finish the REPRIEVE trial?

Participants will have visits approximately every 4 months during the trial. Trial participation for individual participants will be on average 4 years.

6. Where will the REPRIEVE trial be conducted?

The REPRIEVE trial will be conducted primarily at research sites in United States, Canada, Thailand, South Africa, Brazil, Peru, Haiti, and India. Approximately 100 research sites are expected to participate. A map is posted providing links to participating sites, as well as contact information for the participating sites.  As sites begin to enroll participants, they will be added to this map.

7. How can I learn more about the REPRIEVE trial?

More information regarding REPRIEVE can be found on the ClinicalTrials.gov website or go to the map of sites which includes contact information for sites recruiting.

8. Is there a substudy as part of the REPRIEVE trial?

The REPRIEVE trial will help to determine whether statin therapy decreases the risk of heart disease among people with HIV. The REPRIEVE substudy will try to understand ways in which statin therapy may achieve this goal. Some possible ways include 1) lowering cholesterol levels, 2) lowering the degree of inflammation, and 3) stabilizing fatty plaques in the blood vessels surrounding the heart, preventing these plaques from rupturing. Of the 6500 individuals participating in the main REPRIEVE trial, 800 will also participate in the REPRIEVE substudy. Substudy participants will undergo some additional tests and monitoring, including CT scans of the heart’s blood vessels.

9. Who funds the REPRIEVE trial?

REPRIEVE is funded by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), with significant support and collaboration from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) through its Division of AIDS (DAIDS). In addition, Kowa Pharmaceuticals America, Inc. is donating pitavastatin and providing support for the study. The REPRIEVE trial is a collaboration of government agencies, academic centers, research institutes and industry support working in partnership to determine if pitavastatin can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in people with HIV infection who are taking HIV medications.

We’re currently seeking study participants to take part in REPRIEVE. Please contact us to learn more.

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