Researchers in the US have concluded that people with HIV are no more likely than their HIV-negative counterparts to contract coronavirus or develop a severe case of the illness.
The findings of the study, which were presented at the 23rd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2020: Virtual), were concluded by the researchers saying: "While people with HIV have higher testing rates, thus far, we have not found evidence of increased burden of positivity among those tested, nor an increased risk of severe Covid-19 outcomes by HIV status.”
Although studies conducted in different parts of the world have generally come to the same conclusion, a South African study showed increased Covid-19 mortality among people with HIV.
The US research revealed that, of the people participating in the study, 34% of HIV-positive and 35% of HIV-negative individuals with Covid-19 were hospitalised; 14% and 15%, respectively, were admitted to an intensive care unit; and 6% and 8% were incubated for mechanical ventilation. Death rates were also similar: 10% and 11%, respectively.
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