HIV and COVID-19: What Do We Know Now? (

Larger studies suggest people living with HIV might have a modestly higher risk of severe COVID-19, but much remains to be learned.

“In the early days of the pandemic, POZ published a roundup of What People With HIV Need to Know About the New Coronavirus. Many HIV-positive people were concerned about their risk because immune suppression is linked to more severe COVID-19. What’s more, nearly half of people living with HIV are over 50 and many have underlying health conditions associated with worse COVID-19 outcomes.

At the time, small studies and anecdotal reports suggested people living with HIV were not more likely to test positive for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus or to develop severe COVID-19 or die from it. In fact, there were some early hints that antiretrovirals used for HIV treatment or prevention might offer some protection against the new virus or could be used to treat it; this was not confirmed in follow-up studies.

But as time went on, larger studies began to show that people with HIV and COVID-19 indeed might have a modestly increased risk for poor outcomes, including death.”

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