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Short Communication: HIV Viral Load Trends During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic in a Reference Center for HIV in Rome, Italy

  • Aldo Morrone 1,2
  • Alessandra Latini 3
  • Carola Ancona 3
  • Maria Gabriella Donà 3
  • Martina Pontone 4
  • Massimo Giuliani 3
  • Mauro Zaccarelli 5
  • Silvia Foracappa 3
  • 1 - Scientific Direction - San Gallicano Dermatological Institute IRCCS - Rome
  • 2 - Italy
  • 3 - STI/HIV Unit - San Gallicano Dermatological Institute IRCCS - Rome Italy
  • 4 - Microbiology and Virology - San Gallicano Institute - Rome - Italy
  • 5 - Clinical Department - National Institute for the Infectious Diseases Lazzaro Spallanzani IRCCS - Rome Italy

Abstract

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has reduced the access of HIV patients to reference centers. However, retention-in-care is critical to maintain adherence to therapy and viral suppression. During lockdown in Italy, our center implemented several measures to ensure HIV-care continuum. To assess whether these efforts were successful, we investigated HIV viral load trend for a 1-year period (September 2019–August 2020), which included lockdown and partial lockdown months in our country. No significant changes overtime in the proportion of undetectable HIV-RNA were observed. Continuity of service made it possible to maintain viral suppression in our patients.


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