Physicians address ‘increasing concern’ about effects of COVID-19 among PLWH – Healio

ada adimora headshotDr. Adaora Adimora, MD MPH, recently spoke to Healio about effects of COVID-19 on people living with HIV. She states that “people with well-controlled HIV have an excellent prognosis from an HIV standpoint. There’s very little information right now concerning the effect of HIV on COVID-19,” though comorbidities “increase the severity and mortality of COVID-19.” She also highlights racial disparities related to COVID-19, noting that “this is probably in large part because of the disproportionate representation of African Americans in occupations that put them in harm’s way for infection — for example, cashiers, factory workers and home health aides . . . prisons are another huge problem, given the inadequate implementation of basic pandemic control measures, such as social distancing — and often inadequate health care in these settings. People with HIV, like other Americans, are especially vulnerable in these settings.”

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