Significant Impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Care in Hospitals Affecting the First Pillar of the HIV Care Continuum

Clin Infect Dis. 2022 Feb 11;74(3):521-524. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciab445.


During COVID-19 lockdown, the in-hospital number of HIV indicator conditions decreased disproportionally compared with other non-COVID-19 diseases, which was accompanied by reduced HIV testing rates, number and proportion of positive HIV tests, and new HIV referrals, with more late presentation after lockdown cessation, indicating a significantly impacted HIV care continuum.

Keywords: COVID-19 impact; HIV; HIV testing; care continuum; indicator conditions.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19*
  • Communicable Disease Control
  • Continuity of Patient Care
  • HIV
  • HIV Infections* / drug therapy
  • HIV Infections* / epidemiology
  • Hospitals
  • Humans
  • SARS-CoV-2