[LISTEN] What is the potential impact of coronavirus on people living with HIV?
With the rising number of people testing positive for coronavirus in South Africa, there are concerns around what this means for people living with HIV, as well as tuberculosis patients.
Wits University professor of vaccinology Shabir Madhi says while there is no data, the impact of the coronavirus on people living with HIV may not be all that different from the seasonal flu.
What we know about a seasonal flu and HIV, is that if an individual living with HIV is not on antiretroviral treatment, the risk of dying of seasonal flu virus is about 150 to 200 fold greater than a person without HIV. If that HIV individual is actually on antiretrovirals they still have a 44 fold greater risk of dying from seasonal influenza compared to someone without HIV.Shabir Madhi, Professor of vaccinology -Wits University
So do we expect anything different from coronavirus? The answer unfortunately is NO. People living with HIV are likely to be at heightened risk of developing severe disease...Shabir Madhi, Professor of vaccinology -Wits University
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