COVID-19 is riskier for people living with HIV than originally thought—upping the odds of dying by 30%, according to a new study of 15,000 cases across 24 countries.
- Nearly half of HIV-infected men over 65 years old hospitalized for COVID-19 may die
- The data suggest that people with HIV should be prioritized for vaccines
The findings contradict earlier, smaller studies that indicated HIV had no bearing on the risk of severe illness or death from SARS-CoV-2. The study was shared in advance of the International AIDS Society conference set to begin in Berlin this Sunday.
The Quote: “H.I.V. knocks out all the brakes on the immune system, and as a consequence you get this inflammatory response that’s robust and sustained — and now you got Covid on top of that,” said Steven Deeks of the University of California, San Francisco.
The New York Times