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Covid-19 Primary Care Resources


There is no evidence for a higher Covid-19 infection rate or different disease course in people living with HIV

EACS & BHIVA Statement on risk of Covid-19 for people living with HIV (PLWH):

  • Although people living with HIV who are on treatment with a normal CD4 T-cell count and suppressed viral load may not be at an increased risk of serious illness, many people living with HIV have other conditions that increase their risk
  • Almost half of people living with HIV in Europe are older than 50 years and chronic medical problems, such as cardiovascular and chronic lung disease, are more common in people living with HIV
  • It has to be assumed that immune suppression, indicated by a low CD4 T-cell count (<200/µl), or not receiving antiretroviral treatment, will also be associated with an increased risk for a more severe disease presentation
  • Patients with low CD4-counts (<200/ml), or who experience a CD4-decline during a Covid-19 infection require opportunistic infection (OI) prophylaxis
  • Smoking is a risk factor for respiratory infections; smoking cessation should therefore be encouraged for all patients
  • Influenza and pneumococcal vaccinations should be kept up to date