Introduction. There are limited data on human immunodeficiency viruses (HIV) infected people in the UAE and the Gulf region. This study aimed at assessing the prevalence and risk factors for potential clinically significant drug interactions (CSDIs) in a cohort of 181 HIV infected people in Dubai.

Methods. A retrospective study was conducted at the outpatient infectious diseases clinic of Rashid hospital. Consecutive HIV seropositive people on anti-retroviral therapy (ART) were included. All potential CSDIs were analyzed and classified using Liverpool HIV drug interactions database.

Results. Nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs) and integrase strand transfer inhibitors (INSTIs) were the most frequently used antiretroviral agents (ARVs), while the most common (non-ARV) were cardiovascular medication followed by antilipidemic statins. A total of 140 potential CSDIs were found in nearly half (n=86, 47.5%) of the 181 included HIV persons. Of the 140 potential CSDIs, 27 (19%) were of weak clinical relevance, 108 (77%) were of potential clinical relevance, and 5 (4%) were of contraindicated clinical relevance interactions. Moreover, 52 (37.14%) of CSDIs were between two ARVs and 88 (62.85%) were between ARV and non-ARV drugs. In the univariate analysis, age, dyslipidemia, number of medications, analgesics use, statin use, supplement intake, time since diagnosis of HIV, number of ART, and use of a protease inhibitor (PI) were significant. In the logistic regression, factors independently associated with CSDIs were the number of medications (odds ratio [OR] 1.165, 95% CI 1.021-1.329, P = 0.023) and the time since diagnosis of HIV (OR 1.156, 95% CI 1.008-1.327, P = 0.038).

Conclusion. The frequency of CSDIs between ART and co-medications is high in HIV seropositive people. Awareness of the risk factors may assist clinicians to recognize and manage CSDIs.


clinically significant drug interaction (CSDI), Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), antiretroviral therapy (ART), antiretroviral drug (ARV), risk factors