HIV may not worsen COVID-19 outlook
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People with HIV who were hospitalized with COVID-19 didn't have worse results than COVID-19 patients without HIV, new research shows.

"Throughout the pandemic, we've suspected that immunocompromised patients, such as those with HIV, could be at a higher risk for infection and suffer more severe outcomes, but without data on how COVID-19 affects patients with HIV specifically, clinical guidance for managing and advising these patients has been lacking," said study author Dr. Keith Sigel.

For the study, researchers compared COVID-19 patients with and without HIV at five hospitals in the Mount Sinai Health System in New York City. The patients were assessed at the peak of the pandemic in the city during March and April.

Death rates and poor outcomes—such as respiratory failure or multiorgan dysfunction—were high among patients with HIV, but no worse than among those without HIV, the researchers found. The patients with HIV did not have evidence of significant immune suppression or elevated HIV viral levels.

This study adds to existing limited evidence that HIV may not be associated with more severe COVID-19 symptoms, the researchers said.

Source: https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/933340#vp_1
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