South Africa is facing a “trio of pandemics”—HIV, tuberculosis, and the newcomer, COVID-19.
Little is known about the impact of adding COVID-19 into the mix. Western Cape regional data show that people living with HIV or active TB had more than twice the risk of dying from COVID-19, but it remains a mystery why HIV patients on antiretrovirals were just as likely to die from COVID-19 than those who weren’t.
One possible silver lining: COVID-19 may be expediting a more patient-centered approach. HIV and TB patients who used to face long lines and frequent visits to collect medications can now receive several months’ supply in a single visit.
National Geographic

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