Challenges to the continuity of care of people living with HIV throughout the COVID-19 crisis in Peru

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https://doi.org/10.17843/rpmesp.2021.381.6471

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HIV, COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, Peru, mental health, Continuity of Patient Care, Treatment Adherence and Compliance, AIDS, HIV Infections, Coronavirus Infections

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic and societal response implemented may interact with the ongoing HIV epidemic in multiple ways. There are approximately 87000 people living with HIV (PLWH) who are at risk of developing COVID-19 in Peru and 67,000 of them are on antiretroviral therapy (ART) and at risk of limitations in their access to ART, compromising their adherence and their health during the pandemic. Finally, the potential effect of the pandemic on the mental health of PLWH is not documented. This opinion aims to: describe the clinical implications of the HIV/SARS-CoV-2 coinfection; discuss the challenges to the continuity of care of PLWH in Peru during the COVID-19 crisis; and comment possible implications that the COVID-19 crisis may pose on the mental health of PLWH.

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2021-02-01

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Paredes JL, Navarro R, Cabrera DM, Diaz MM, Mejia F, Caceres CF. Challenges to the continuity of care of people living with HIV throughout the COVID-19 crisis in Peru. Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica [Internet]. 2021 Feb. 1 [cited 2024 Jun. 15];38(1):166-70. Available from: https://rpmesp.ins.gob.pe/index.php/rpmesp/article/view/6471