Short Communication: HIV Viral Load Trends during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic in a Reference Center for HIV in Rome, Italy

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Abstract

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has reduced the access of HIV patients to reference centers. However, retention-in-care is critical to maintain adherence to therapy and viral suppression. During lockdown in Italy, our center implemented several measures to ensure HIV-care continuum. To assess whether these efforts were successful, we investigated HIV viral load trend for a 1-year period (September 2019-August 2020), which included lockdown and partial lockdown months in our country. No significant changes overtime in the proportion of undetectable HIV-RNA were observed. Continuity of service made it possible to maintain viral suppression in our patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)624-626
Number of pages3
JournalAIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
Volume37
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • HIV
  • lockdown
  • retention-in-care
  • sexually transmitted infections
  • STI
  • viral load

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Virology
  • Infectious Diseases

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