Analysis of the Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Continuum of the Care in a Cohort of HIV-Positive Patients Followed in a Single Center of Northern Italy [post]

Eugenia Quiros-Roldan, Paola Magro, Canio Carriero, Annacarla Chiesa, Issa El Hamad, Elena Tratta, Raffaella Fazio, Beatrice Formenti, Francesco Castelli
2020 unpublished
Background: During the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals faced increasing pressure, where HIV patients risked to either acquire SARS-Cov-2 and to interrupt the HIV continuum of care.Methods: retrospective, observational study. We compared the numbers of medical visits performed, antiretroviral drugs dispensed and the number of new HIV diagnosis and of hospitalizations in a cohort of HIV patients followed by the Spedali Civili of Brescia, between the bimester of the COVID-19 pandemic peak and the
more » ... ic peak and the bimester of October-November 2019.Results: We observed a reduction in the number of new HIV diagnosis from 6.4 in 2019 to 2.5 per month in 2020, a raise of missed visits from 5% to 8%, a drop in ART dispensation especially for not-protease inhibitors and an increase of hospitalized HIV patients due to COVID-19.Conclusions: Our experience highlights the importance of a resilient healthcare system and the need to implement new strategies in order to guarantee the continuum of HIV care even in the context of emergency.
doi:10.21203/ fatcat:24mqtxtqvnbavhgaojngf3mlpi