People with HIV are at greater risk of developing a severe form of Covid-19

The World Health Organization has issued its opinion on the link between HIV and Covid-19. The latter increases the risk of severe disease and death in people with HIV.

While the African continent is very disadvantaged in terms of vaccination (one dose for 3% of the population, 2 doses for only 1.5% of the population), WHO has just delivered its opinion on the increased risk of severe disease and death for people affected by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

The International AIDS Society (IAS) recently published a study that highlights the danger for people with HIV from contracting the previously little known Covid-19. The president of the IAS explained to AFP: “This study highlights the importance of including people living with HIV in priority populations for vaccination against Covid.”

23% of deaths among these HIV patients

It was the WHO that carried out a large survey of 24 countries with 15,000 people, 37% of whom were men. Among them, 92% were treated for the disease, the average age was 45 and a half years and 36% of them had developed a severe or even critical form, du Covid-19. The three most common pathologies in these patients were obesity, diabetes and hypertension.

23% of these people died during hospitalization, suggesting on the one hand that HIV increases the risk of developing a severe form, and that being treated in hospital increases the risk of dying. In addition to calling for these people to be favored in the vaccination strategy, the WHO also insisted on the fact that the global health crisis risked hampering HIV testing and treatment.

Sources : IAS, AFP

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