People living with HIV at higher risk of dying from COVID-19

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A new study out of the World Health Organization has determined those living with HIV have a significantly higher risk of dying of COVID-19.

The WHO’s report is based on clinical data from 37 countries and almost 270,000 people.

The researchers examined the risk of poor COVID-19 outcomes in people living with HIV (PLHIV) hospitalised with the virus.

Almost a quarter people living with HIV (23.1 percent) who were hospitalized with COVID-19 have died.

Researchers found people living with HIV were at 30 percent higher risk of developing severe or deadly COVID-19 than those without HIV.

The report said some underlying conditions, like diabetes or hypertension, are more common in people living with HIV.

For those aged over 65, those conditions increased the severity of COVID-19.

“This highlights the need for PLHIV to stay as healthy as possible,” the WHO explained.

“Regularly access and take their [antiretroviral] medications and prevent and manage underlying conditions.

“This also means that people living with HIV – independent of their immune status – should [get priority] vaccination in most settings.”

However the World Health Organisation warns only around 40 out of 100 WHO countries have done so.

Australians with HIV eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

In Australia, everyone living with HIV has been eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine since March this year.

Local experts have encouraged all people with HIV to protect their health by getting vaccinated.

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Jordan Hirst
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