People with HIV: no evidence for a higher COVID-19 infection rate or different disease course.


  • Jo Whelan
  • Medical News
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There is no clear evidence that people with HIV have higher rates of infection with COVID-19 or a different disease course than HIV-negative people, according to a new joint statement from the British HIV Association (BHIVA). Issued jointly with DAIG, EACS, GESIDA and the Polish Scientific AIDS Society, the statement cites case series of COVID-19 infections in people with HIV have been published from China, Spain, Germany, Italy and the United States.

  • Most HIV case series have a younger population than hospitalised COVID-19 patients in general, but rates of comorbidities are comparable.
  • In addition, a cohort study reporting outcomes on 16,749 hospitalised patients with COVID-19 in the UK found that 1% of cases in the cohort involved people with HIV, and HIV did not adversely affect survival, the statement notes.

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The effect of antiretroviral treatment on COVID-19 is also discussed; little evidence is available. The statement also provides links to COVID-19 data collection projects and resources.