How does COVID-19 affect people living with HIV?

In general, anyone with a low CD4 count and/or high viral load are at high risk of infections and HIV-related complications. Small case series have not demonstrated an elevated risk of severe outcomes of COVID-19 in individuals living with HIV. Current guidance from the WHO suggests that because we do not know if the immunosuppression of HIV will influence a person’s risk for COVID-19, all individuals living with HIV, and in particular those with advanced or poorly-controlled HIV, should take precautions to keep themselves safe. This includes frequent handwashing, physical distancing, cough etiquette, and self-isolating if in contact with someone with COVID-19.

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