Monthly Archives: May 2020

How Many People With HIV Are Getting COVID-19?

Four months into the global COVID-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus, people living with HIV continue to ask about their risk for acquiring the virus and developing severe illness. Reports to date from various cities indicate that people with HIV are not testing positive for the coronavirus at high rates, and most of those who have are doing well. This had led some to wonder whether HIV-positive people—as well as HIV-negative people taking pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)—might somehow be protected. Early reports...

Coronavirus offers ‘once in a generation’ opportunity to fight HIV after transmissions fall during lockdown

Lots of people have been lonely and sexually frustrated during lock down, but social distancing is having a positive effect on HIV infection rates. According to 56 Dean Street – one of the leading sexual health clinics in Europe – HIV transmissions have plummeted over the past few weeks. In an online statement, it said that ‘Covid-19 presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity in the fight against HIV. The Soho-based clinic is now calling for people to order a free at-home testing...

Research Moves Toward Once-Yearly HIV Treatment

According to HealthDay News researchers have reformulated an HIV medication into a version they hope can eventually be taken once a year. The work is only in the early stages, having been studied in lab animals. But the goal is to create an HIV drug that can be injected annually — offering protection from infection or control of the virus in people who already have it. The researchers, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, started with a drug that is already...

When COVID-19 crosses paths with HIV

Survivors of one pandemic now brace for a new one When Larry Pike came down with a cough and a mild fever in early March, the 76-year-old was concerned. COVID-19 was in the news. “I am up in that age range where they say you really have to be careful,” said Pike, a retired Seattle Chamber of Commerce manager. He called his doctor, who knows him well. Because for 22 years, Pike has also been living with HIV. Human Immunodeficiency Virus. The danger is right there...