A new analysis of the health outcomes of 12,987 people with COVID-19 in Western Cape, South Africa, indicates that people living with HIV and people with past or current tuberculosis infections have a two- to three-times greater risk of dying of COVID-19.
Health GAP have reported that the fragile gains communities across sub-Saharan Africa have made in securing HIV treatment and prevention scale up are at risk of rapidly unravelling as an effect of COVID-19.
“Activists have made repeated demands to national governments, PEPFAR and the Global Fund to prevent a roll back of gains made in response to HIV and TB during the COVID-19 pandemic by ensuring multi-month refills of antiretrovirals for adults and children; promoting, protecting, and defending human rights amidst severe limits on people’s movement; equipping front-line healthcare workers with proper personal protective equipment (PPE); and increasing funding for treatment and prevention programs. But many countries have been unwilling to safeguard the needs of people with HIV and tuberculosis, with dire effects.”
NSWP’s COVID-19 Impact Survey is currently collecting responses and sex workers globally are reporting reduced access to HIV treatments.