People with HIV are at higher risk of developing a severe form of COVID-19

While the African continent remains highly vaccinated (one dose for 3% of the population, 2 doses for only 1.5% of the population), the WHO has just put its weight on the increased risk of severe forms and mortality for those Opinion issued. Affected by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

The International AIDS Society (IAS) recently published a study that sheds light on the risk of contracting the previously little-known COVID-19 for people with HIV. The IAS chairman explained to AFP: “This study highlights the importance of including people living with HIV in the priority population for vaccination against COVID.”

23% of deaths in these HIV patients

It was the WHO that conducted a massive survey of 15,000 people in 24 countries, of whom 37% were male. 92% of them were treated for the disease, with an average age of 45 years and 36% of them had developed a severe or severe 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 receiving hospital treatment increases the risk of dying. In addition to calling for favoring these people in the vaccination strategy, the WHO has also emphasized the fact that the health crisis (…)


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