Is “Social Distancing” enough to protect people living with HIV from coronavirus?
Updated April 2020
Compiled by Tim Nedoba
Efforts of social distancing, which, according to both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, is an essential strategy for protecting the most vulnerable among us.
However, “social distancing” is not enough. We know that there are many people with underlying health conditions — including people living with HIV — who have a higher risk of complications from the coronavirus.
Jesse Milan Jr., J.D., President & CEO, AIDS United is urging everyone to write their members of Congress to let them know that in this time of national crisis, they must consider the unique needs of their constituents living with, or at risk for, HIV. https://www.aidsunited.org/
GoGuide would encourage you to write your state, county, city representatives as well.
Dr. John Brooks, senior medical advisor for the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recently said that people living with HIV who have a low CD4 count or have a detectable viral load are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19. Yet, nearly half of all people living with HIV in the United States do not have an undetectable viral load. GG