Advice for People living with HIV related to COVID-19

People living with HIV are advised to take the same precautions as the general population and adhere to their specific government recommendations. Things people can do to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 include:

  • Regular hand-washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Download a practical guide on how to support community-level handwashing, particularly in resource-limited settings. 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, your sleeve or your elbow (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
  • Put any used tissues into the bin immediately.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay away from work, school, public spaces and other people if you become sick.
  • Continue to take your HIV treatment regularly, as prescribed, to keep your immune system as strong as possible.

People living with HIV who know their status and are not yet on antiretroviral treatment should start treatment without delay.

If you need to access health services, it is recommended to follow national guidance and where possible, call your healthcare provider before arriving at a health facility. In addition, measures should be taken to ensure appropriate infection control and follow guidance on physical distancing.

People living with HIV who are on treatment should ensure that they have at least 30 days of ARVs with them and, where possible, a 3 to 6 month supply of ARVs. Access more information on strategies for extending the duration of ART refills and reducing contact with health facilities.

People living with HIV should stay socially connected with networks and communities using technology where possible and address any stress or anxiety with friends and your healthcare provider.

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