Prevalence of COVID-19-like Symptoms among People Living with HIV, and Using Antiretroviral Therapy for Prevention and Treatment

Author(s): SeyedAhmad SeyedAlinaghi, Maryam Ghadimi, Mahboubeh Hajiabdolbaghi, Mehrnaz Rasoolinejad, Ladan Abbasian, Malihe Hassan Nezhad, SeyedAli Dehghan Manshadi, Fatemeh Ghadimi, Zahra Ahmadinejad*

Journal Name: Current HIV Research

Volume 18 , Issue 5 , 2020

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Background: COVID-19 has spread globally with remarkable speed, and currently, there is limited data available exploring any aspect of the intersection between HIV and SARSCoV- 2 co-infection.

Objective: To estimate the prevalence of clinical symptoms associated with COVID-19 among people living with HIV (PLWH) in Tehran, Iran.

Design: Cross-sectional study.

Methods: A total of 200 PLWH were recruited through the positive club via sampling, and completed the symptom-based questionnaire for COVID-19, which was delivered by trained peers.

Results: Of 200 participants, respiratory symptoms, including cough, sputum, and shortness of breath, were the most prevalent among participants, but only one person developed symptoms collectively suggested COVID-19 and sought treatments.

Conclusion: It appears that existing infection with HIV or receiving antiretroviral treatment (ART) might reduce the susceptibility to the infection with SARS-CoV-2 or decrease the severity of the infection acquired. Further research is needed to understand causal mechanisms.

Keywords: COVID-19, coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, pneumonia, HIV, antiretroviral treatment (ART).

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Year: 2020
Published on: 16 October, 2020
Page: [373 - 380]
Pages: 8
DOI: 10.2174/1570162X18666200712175535
Price: $65

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