Clinical Trials


HIV and Fat Accumulation (MATH)

This study has been completed
University of California, Los Angeles

California HIV/AIDS Research Program

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University of California, Los Angeles Identifier

First received: March 16, 2010
Last updated: January 15, 2019
Last Verified: January 2019
History of Changes


This is a research study to see whether fat accumulation either under the skin or in the body's organs, for example, the liver, improves in men and women who take a drug called telmisartan. The investigators will be looking at how the amount of fat in the body changes when HIV-positive persons on effective anti-HIV therapy take telmisartan. The investigators will be using a CT scan to make this comparison. Telmisartan is not an HIV medication. It is a medication used to treat blood pressure, but has been shown to decrease fat in the organs in people both with and without high blood pressure. The study involves 8 visits over a period of about 24 weeks.

Condition Intervention Phase
HIV Infection

Drug : Telmisartan
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Metabolic Abnormalities, Telmisartan and HIV Infection

Further study details as provided by University of California, Los Angeles:

Primary Outcome Measures

  • Median Change in Visceral Adipose Tissue (VAT) Volume [ Time Frame: Baseline and 24 weeks ]
    VAT volume was quantified at each timepoint by L4-L5 single slice computed tomography

Enrollment: 35
Study Start Date: May 2010
Study Completion Date: June 2011
Primary Completion Date: June 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Telmisartan
Telmisartan 40mg po daily for 24 weeks
Drug: Telmisartan
Other Name: Micardis


Ages Eligible for Study: 18 Years and older  
Sexes Eligible for Study: All  
Accepts Healthy Volunteers: No  


Inclusion Criteria:

  • HIV positive men and women 18 years and older
  • HIV-1 infection as documented by ELISA and confirmed by Western blot or plasma HIV-1 RNA >2000 on two occasions
  • Documented central fat accumulation
  • HIV RNA documented to be less than 50 copies/mL at screening and undetectable by assay of choice for at least 12 weeks prior to entry
  • Current antiretroviral therapy with a suppressive, highly active antiretroviral regimen.
  • Systolic BP >115mmHg.
  • Ability and willingness to provide informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:
  • Pregnancy (current or within the last 6 months) or nursing
  • Uncontrolled hypertension
  • Prohibited concomitant medications
  • Subjects with untreated hyperlipidemia must be willing to abstain from initiating therapy for the 24 week duration fo the study.
  • Subjects undergoing treatment for diabetes with oral hypoglycemic agents must be willing to remain on their current dose of insulin sensitizing agents for the duration of the study.
  • Known, untreated renal artery stenosis
  • Unstable coronary artery disease/angina or decompensated congestive heart failure.
  • Any history of intolerance to any member of the angiotensin receptor blocker class of agents.
  • Need for ongoing potassium supplementation.
  • Screening laboratory values as follows ANC (absolute neutrophil count) <750 cells/mm3
Hemoglobin <10 gm/dL ClCr (creatinine clearance)< 30 ml/min (estimated by Cockcroft-Gault equation) AST (aspartate aminotransferase) or ALT (alanine aminotransferase) > 3 x ULN (upper limit of normal)

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01088295


United States, California
Los Angeles, California, United States, 90035

Sponsors and Collaborators

University of California, Los Angeles
California HIV/AIDS Research Program


Principal Investigator: Jordan Lake, M.D. University of California, Los Angeles
More Information

More Information

Responsible Party: University of California, Los Angeles Identifier: NCT01088295   History of Changes  
Other Study ID Numbers: MATH  
Study First Received: March 16, 2010  
Last Updated: January 15, 2019  

Keywords provided by University of California, Los Angeles:

Fat accumulation
Metabolic abnormalities in HIV infection
HIV Infections

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Communicable Diseases
HIV Infections
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
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