COVID-19

HIV & COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on the way we go through everyday life. From physical distancing to temporary lockdowns – the impacts are being felt by nearly everyone. For people with HIV, this virus may have brought up a sense of déjà vu and may cause concerns for people about vulnerability to COVID19.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Most people infected with the virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. However, some will become seriously ill and require medical attention. Older people and those with underlying medical conditions like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, or cancer are more likely to develop serious illness. Anyone can get sick with COVID-19 and become seriously ill or die at any age.

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness, which means it affects the parts of your body you use to breathe: your nose, throat and lungs. If you’re sick with COVID-19, your symptoms might include:

  • fever
  • a cough
  • sore throat
  • fatigue
  • shortness of breath
  • runny nose
  • loss of smell and/or taste.

The current research suggests that PLHIV are at no greater risk of acquiring COVID-19, but they may be at increased risk of developing severe symptoms.

Support During COVID

More information about how QPP can provide support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vaccination Information

Important and accurate information about the COVID-19 vaccinations in Queensland, and the importance for PLHIV.

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