HIV AIDS Patients At Risk of Coronavirus in South Africa

Covid-19 Coronavirus in South Africa

Covid-19 Coronavirus Puts South Africa in a Tight Spot

South Africa has the highest number of AIDS patients in the world; Coronavirus in South Africa could be lethal to at risk HIV AIDS patients. So, in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic, the direction of the country’s doctors is clear: systematic detection of HIV-positive people and compulsory treatment of the sick.

As soon as the first cases of Covid-19 contamination appeared in China in December, experts raised the alarm about the possible risks the virus could pose to AIDS patients and weakened immune systems.

HIV AIDS Patients At Risk of Covid-19 Coronavirus in South Africa

Coronavirus in South Africa HIV AIDS Patients At Risk
Photo by Tembela Bohle from Pexels

HIV AIDS Increases Threat of Covid-19 Coronavirus and Tuberculosis in South Africa

Especially in South Africa, which, according to their estimates, has 7.5 million HIV positive people, a third of whom do not receive antiretroviral treatment because they do not know their status or refuse to take their medications.

The Covid-19 epidemic has spread across the country: more than 1,700 cases of Coronavirus in South Africa, including 13 fatal according to the latest statistics, but for lack of sufficient data, scientists are still cautious about the risks to HIV patients.

In contrast, AIDS patients not treated with antiretrovirals are at increased risk of contracting these infections. “HIV-positive people who do not know their status or who are not receiving antiretroviral therapy may have an increased risk of contracting Covid-19,” said Professor Kogie Naidoo of the Center for the AIDS Research Program in South Africa. (Caprisa).

It is more than ever essential to “know your serological status,” insists AFP.

Read more World News and Science News on WeeklyReviewer!


Jeremias Eilenberg
Jeremias Eilenberg
Writing has always been a dream for me. I've written throughout college for gaming and tech industry reviews. Here at WeeklyReviewer, I get to pursue my hobby of writing; I am a gamer and an industry follower in my endeavors. I'll get to the root of the problem and report what you need to know.

Latest articles

Earnings Disclosure

WeeklyReviewer earns primarily through affiliates and ads. We don’t encourage anyone to click on ads for any other purpose but your own. We recommend products and services often for our readers, and through many we will earn commissions through affiliate programs.

Related articles