HIV Increases Your Chances of Dying From COVID 19- WHO

HIV Increases Your Chances of Dying From COVID 19- WHO

  • A new report from the World Health Organisation (WHO) has revealed that Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV) infection can increase the severity of COVID 19 infection in a person
  • This report was based on the fact that 23.1 of people with HIV who were hospitalised for COVID died
  • The clinical survey was carried out among people living with HIV in 37 countries

A new World Health Organisation (WHO) report has confirmed that Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV) infection increases your chances of having a critical COVID 19 infection.


The report was based on a clinical survey that showed that 23.1 of people living with HIV that were hospitalized for COVID 19 died.

The survey was carried out in 37 countries and monitored data from HIV patients who also had COVID-19 in the hospital.

Conditions such as diabetes and hypertension which are common in HIV patients have been associated with a more severe form of COVID infection. People living with this disease are at more risk of death.

The report has promoted the need for people living with HIV to use Anti Retro Viral (ARV) and manage other underlying conditions.

The result has also caused a need for people living with HIV infections to be prioritised during vaccination.

HIV remains a public health problem globally as it is responsible for the deaths of 34.7 million.

Read also: Nigeria is at Risk of COVID Third Wave- NCDC Boss

Following the release of the report, the Director of WHO’s Global HIV, Hepatitis and STI Programmes, Dr. Meg Doherty has stated that they will be a revision to COVID 19 policy to prioritise treatments and vaccination for people living with HIV.

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