HIV and COVID-19: Risks, Concerns, and the Best Way to Protect Yourself

Source: Healthline | Published on MSD Connect: January 2021 | HK-NON-00201 Nov/2020

While there’s currently no scientific evidence that establishes HIV itself as an increased risk factor for COVID-19, experts say that doesn’t mean people living with HIV shouldn’t take extra steps to protect their health. Getty Images

  • Currently, there’s no scientific evidence that establishes living with HIV as an increased risk factor for COVID-19.
  • Some HIV medications are being used in clinical trials to see whether they can combat SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • So far, not enough information is known about how effective these drugs could be as COVID-19 treatments.

Like most people right now, New York City–based actor and HIV advocate Dimitri Joseph Moise has been confined to his apartment for the past month as he self-quarantines during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Moise, who’s been on TV in “The Last O.G.” and on Broadway in “The Book of Mormon,” has amassed a large social media following for his HIV activism, often fielding questions from other people living with HIV.

He says he’s been hearing more frequently about concerns tied to the COVID-19 outbreak.

“I would say some people are definitely worried about whether they are at a greater risk [for COVID-19] because they’re living with HIV,” Moise told Healthline.

Currently, there’s no scientific evidence that establishes living with HIV as an increased risk factor for COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

That being said, as confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to increase steeply nationwide, concern is high among members of the community of people living with HIV.

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