The Academy is closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 across our country, knowing that many of our members and credentialed providers are inevitably on the frontlines of combatting this pandemic while also continuing to take care of current patient loads. Without understanding the full effect COVID-19 may have on people living with HIV, it is imperative to take precaution in caring for this population. To that end, we reached out to our Academy chapter chairs around the country to gather recommendations and special considerations for care and treatment of people with HIV during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to view their collective feedback. We hope this is useful information that you might be able to implement to the extent that your state allows.
Additionally, the following is a summarization of a few key points from DHHS’s first interim guidance for COVID-19 and persons with HIV provided by Academy Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jeffrey T. Kirchner.
Interim Guidance for COVID-19 and Persons with HIV – Updated: March 20, 2020
Current data is limited but do NOT indicate that the disease course of COVID-19 in persons with HIV differs from that in persons without HIV. Before the advent of effective combination ART, advanced HIV infection (CD4 cell count <200/mm3) was a risk factor for complications of other respiratory infections. Whether this is true for COVID-19 is yet unknown.
Review the full document here.
As part of the Academy’s continued commitment to provide relevant and useful information during the pandemic, please find additional resources listed below.
The COVID-19 Pandemic in the US: A Clinical Update – April 6, 2020
The Promise and Period of Antibody Testing for COVID-19 – April 17, 2020
COVID-19: Special Considerations for People Living with HIV – April 17, 2020
NIH COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines – April 21, 2020
Academy Webinar Recording: Tele-PrEP: Preventing HIV in the COVID-19 Pandemic
Lancet ID Coronavirus Survival Data – May 2020
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The Academy with ANAC co-hosted a webinar on COVID 19: A Clinical Update for HIV Providers. Please find a full recording with corresponding slides from our presenters below. Please note that once you click the above below, the webinar should begin playing automatically on your computer within 3-5 seconds. If not, and it says that there is no content available, please scroll to the bottom of the screen and press the play button.
Corresponding slide deck presentations can be accessed here:
If you have additional recommendations, please share your thoughts within our Academy Communities. Given the unprecedented nature of this public health crisis, this should be a time of sharing of best practices in order to combat the pandemic.