Impact of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic on Antiretroviral Therapy Initiation and Care Delivery for People With Newly Diagnosed HIV in an Integrated Healthcare System

Open Forum Infect Dis. 2022 Nov 24;9(12):ofac639. doi: 10.1093/ofid/ofac639. eCollection 2022 Dec.

Abstract

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic disrupted health systems. For patients newly diagnosed with human immunodeficiency virus, starting immediate antiretroviral therapy (ART) is recommended. For periods before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, Kaiser Permanente Northern California found similar rates of rapid ART initiation and time to viral suppression, concurrent with an increase in telemedicine.

Keywords: COVID-19; HIV; rapid ART; telemedicine.