“HIV has become a ‘side issue’ and might never regain its prominent position on the public health radar,” said epidemiologist, Prof Salim Abdool Karim, on World Aids Day. - Sunday Times (5 December 2021).

In an article in science journal Nature, SA clinicians and scientists call on governments everywhere to devote more attention and resources to interactions between Covid and HIV.

Studies from before the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines show that people with HIV are 30% -50% more likely to die from Covid-19.

“Failure to tackle the pandemic with sufficient urgency in countries with high rates of uncontrolled, advanced HIV could lead to the emergence of variants of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 that spread more easily between people or render the vaccines less effective. Conversely, both diseases could be curbed more effectively if they are tackled simultaneously, with public health responses strengthened by the lessons learnt from both,” according to the article.

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