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COVID-19 and HIV: clinical presentation, outcomes and impact on clinical services

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The pressure sustained by hospital clinics and infectious disease units during the COVID-19 pandemic has put a strain on the ability to offer quality care to chronic HIV patients who need visits and drugs.

In both high- and low-resource settings, people living with HIV are at risk to acquire SARS-CoV-2, and to delay or interrupt treatments and other forms of care.

The ambitious UNAIDS 90-90-90 target aims to ensure that:

  • 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status.
  • 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy.
  • 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression.

In light of these targets, the COVID-19 pandemic is having a disruptive impact on the number of diagnoses, missed consultations, and the delivery of antiretroviral therapy. In addition, SARS-CoV-2 infection is likely to have clinical consequences on people living with HIV, to an extent that is yet to explore.

This new thematic series published in AIDS Research & Therapy aims to explore the clinical presentation and outcomes of COVID-19 in people with HIV, and the impact of COVID-19 on services and treatment outcomes for people living with HIV, in both high- and low-resource settings. Research articles, review articles, and brief reports will be considered. Articles in this collection will shed light on the importance of a resilient healthcare system that is able to guarantee the continuum of HIV care in a public health emergency. Contributions exploring the opportunities offered by telemedicine are also welcome.

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Deadline for submissions: 30 June 2023.

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View all collections in AIDS Research & Therapy.

  1. In hospitalized people with HIV (PWH) there is an increased risk of mortality from COVID-19 among hospitalized PWH as compared to HIV-negative individuals. Evidence suggests that tocilizumab—a humanized monocl...

    Authors: Samuel J. Minkove, Grant Geiger, Josep M. Llibre, Mary W. Montgomery, Natalie E. West, Natasha M. Chida, Annukka A. R. Antar, Dima Dandachi and Ethel D. Weld
    Citation: AIDS Research and Therapy 2022 19:6
  2. Events associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, such as physical distancing, closure of community services, postponement of health appointments, and loss of employment can lead to social isolation, financial unc...

    Authors: Kelly K. O’Brien, Ahmed M. Bayoumi, Soo Chan Carusone, Aileen M. Davis, Rachel Aubry, Lisa Avery, Patricia Solomon, Kristine M. Erlandson, Colm Bergin, Richard Harding, Darren A. Brown, Jaime H. Vera and Steven E. Hanna
    Citation: AIDS Research and Therapy 2021 18:87
  3. Brescia Province, northern Italy, was one of the worst epicenters of the COVID-19 pandemic. The division of infectious diseases of ASST (Azienda Socio Sanitaria Territoriale) Spedali Civili Hospital of Brescia...

    Authors: Ilaria Izzo, Canio Carriero, Giulia Gardini, Benedetta Fumarola, Erika Chiari, Francesco Castelli and Eugenia Quiros-Roldan
    Citation: AIDS Research and Therapy 2021 18:31
  4. Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was first detected in December 2019. In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. People with underlying medical conditions may be at greater r...

    Authors: Sivaporn Gatechompol, Anchalee Avihingsanon, Opass Putcharoen, Kiat Ruxrungtham and Daniel R. Kuritzkes
    Citation: AIDS Research and Therapy 2021 18:28
  5. During the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals faced increasing pressure, where people living with HIV risked to either acquire SARS-CoV-2 and to interrupt the HIV continuum of care.

    Authors: Eugenia Quiros-Roldan, Paola Magro, Canio Carriero, Annacarla Chiesa, Issa El Hamad, Elena Tratta, Raffaella Fazio, Beatrice Formenti and Francesco Castelli
    Citation: AIDS Research and Therapy 2020 17:59
  6. The COVID-19 has been a severe pandemic all around the world. Nowadays the patient with co-infection of HIV and SARS-CoV-2 was rarely reported. Here we reported a special case with HIV and SARS-CoV-2 co-infect...

    Authors: Wu Menghua, Zheng Xin, Liu Jianwei, Zhang Yu and Yao Qinwei
    Citation: AIDS Research and Therapy 2020 17:46