Measuring Retention in HIV Care in the First Year of the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Impact of Telehealth
It is unknown how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted traditional measures of retention in HIV care. This study calculated six different retention measures at an urban HIV care clinic for two time periods: pre-pandemic, and during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, with and without inclusion of telehealth appointments.
Our understanding of HIV/AIDS has been reframed in the recent past because the use of novel antiretroviral therapy has enabled clinicians and patients to control the progression of the disease.
The Current State of HIV and Aging: Findings Presented at the 10th International Workshop on HIV and Aging
This article summarizes plenary talks from the 10th Annual International Workshop on HIV and Aging, which took place in New York City on October 10 and 11, 2019. Presentation topics included the following: the burdens of HIV-associated comorbidities, aging phenotypes, community engagement, and loneliness; these issues are especially important for older PWH, considering the COVID-19 pandemic.
This study worked to see the outcome of those who are living with AIDS and who also contracted COVID-19. They concluded that those with HIV/AIDS who had the disease well-controlled were not at a higher risk of COVID-19 symptoms being more severe. It was also found that those with bacterial pneumonia may be at risk of worse COVID-19 symptoms.
Weak healthcare systems have been exposed during the COVID-19 pandemic and challenges have arisen in regard to maintaining HIV care continuum during the COVID-19 pandemic. Particular efforts must focus on ensuring this care to avoid disruption of routine HIV services.