People With HIV, AIDS Less Exposed To Covid: AIIMS Study
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The study, which was conducted between September and November 2020, took samples of 164 patients with HIV or AIDS with an average age of 41 years. The study reveals that only 23 out of 164 patients (14 percent) were found to have antibodies.

"A total of 164 patients were recruited in the study with a mean age (+SD) of 41.2 (+15.4) years and 55 percent male population. Positive serology against SARS CoV-2 was detected in 14 percent of patients. The seroprevalence of Covid-19 disease in people living with HIV and AIDS was found to be lower than the general population," says the study.

The study also suggests that most seropositive patients experienced minimal or no symptoms for Covid-19. However, the exact reason for explaining this lower seroprevalence is still not clear. The study says that low seroprevalence could be attributed to patients living indoors and avoiding social contact due to fear of acquiring the disease. Due to this, they may not have contracted the disease.

"Another reason for this could be that these patients might not have generated antibodies against Covid-19 or may not have sustained it after getting infected," the study reads. The study suggests that such people should not take the virus lightly and should continue to practice social distancing norms.

In September-November 2020 when the samples were collected from people with HIV or AIDS, the average seropositivity in Delhi was 25.7 percent, the study states. In the latest serosurvey in Delhi suggests that around 23 percent of the people tested had exposure to the novel coronavirus in the city.

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