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COVID-19 Pandemic as “Curate’s Egg” on Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection: A Commentary

Authors Melaku T, Assefa D

Received 16 September 2020

Accepted for publication 21 October 2020

Published 13 November 2020 Volume 2020:12 Pages 735—737


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Editor who approved publication: Professor Bassel Sawaya

Tsegaye Melaku,1,2 Desta Assefa1

1School of Pharmacy, Institute of Health, Jimma University, Jimma, Ethiopia; 2Jimma Medical Center, Jimma University, Jimma, Ethiopia

Correspondence: Tsegaye Melaku
Jimma University, P.O. Box: 378, Jimma, Ethiopia
Tel +251 913765609
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Abstract: It is a high time not to sideline human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) response during the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis. COVID-19 will affect the decade’s hard-earned gains from HIV care delivery and response. At the same time, it could be an important time for the COVID-19 containment response to help minimize the occurrence of a new infection. Sexual contact is the main transmission ways in HIV dynamics. However, COVID-19 prevention and control strategies such as movement restrictions, physical and social distancing will reduce exposure to such kinds of risk behaviors. Those containment strategies, including stringent infection prevention and control at health facilities, may minimize transmission of HIV infection and will reduce the incidence of new HIV infection. While recognizing the immense challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, efforts should be made by governments and international organizations to maintain the response to HIV and to ensure that the progress made against HIV is not lost. In addition, it is very crucial to undertake further researches on the status of new HIV infection during the COVID-19.

Keywords: COVID-19, human immunodeficiency virus, public health interventions, physical distancing

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