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 precautions in caring for this population. To that end, we have gathered the following resources of recommendations and special considerations for care and treatment of people with HIV during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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: June 19, 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.
NIH COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines – UPDATED: July 17, 2020
Academy Webinar Recording: Tele-PrEP: Preventing HIV in the COVID-19 Pandemic
HIV-Age.org Journal Articles
SPANISH LANGUAGE RESOURCES:
The Academy with ANAC co-hosted a webinar on COVID 19: A Clinical Update for HIV Providers in April 2020. 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.