The Effect of Covid-19 on People Living with HIV

The Covid-19 pandemic is a universal emergency plaguing the entire world health system; it portends a menace to people living with HIV (PLWH) and even threatens the global HIV response.

Research is still ongoing to better understand the real impact of COVID19 on PLWH. COVID-19 can potentially affect PLWH in various ways, including increased risk of COVID-19 acquisition, missed clinic appointments, and interruptions of HIV treatment and care; as the attention of health workers is largely channelled to Covid-19.

Recent reports inclusively highlight the pressing need to scale up adaptive measures to continue treatment of the HIV infection. The impact is even much more acute for people living with HIV in developing countries. The latest projection by UNAIDS suggested that there could be an additional 500,000 AIDS-related deaths in sub-Sahara Africa between 2020-2021, especially if the coronavirus emergency impeded the distribution of antiretroviral medications.

Research has disclosed that HIV increased the probability of death due to Covid-19 from 78% to 95%. A wake-up call for us to double our advocacy in protecting the human rights of people living with HIV, and having easy availability to standard care.

BSmart Chart is the best companion to support patients in the day-to-day management of their disease. Have you ever imagined how difficult it might be for you to reach out to your HIV clinician while self-isolating or at these times when most clinics are not taking appointments?

BSmart Chart App users have little or nothing to worry about because they have all they need in one click on their mobile phone. Being able to monitor your key health metrics, viral load, emotional and physical well-being connect with your clinician and allow him/her access to your data report gives inner satisfaction.

Everyone likes to be in charge of their affairs which includes their health and that is what BSmart Chart gives. All you need to do is download the app and connect with your healthcare professionals, e.g. nurses, doctors or community and support workers. So, even when self-isolating, you can still receive optimal care remotely using the BSmart Chart app.

This solution can be deployed for prompt attention as well as protecting the interest of people living with HIV. Applaudably, the USAID has and still encouraging the world populace to act with empathy and kindness to people living with infections--while eliminating stigmatization and discrimination. Until more discoveries are made about the effects of Covid-19 on HIV, people with HIV should take all precautionary measures and recommendations from experts to reduce their contact with the coronavirus. We can Be Smart with BSmart Chart.