COVID-19 and HIV
Most people living with HIV do not need to take any extra precautions just because of HIV. We advise following national advice
- Staying at home, except for specific reasons such as exercise or essential shopping
- Working from home if possible
- Meeting only one person outside your household and meeting them outside in the open air where the risk of COVID-19 transmission is lower
- Wearing a face mask
- Washing your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds
If you have HIV but are not on medication for it, or have a low CD4 count (less than 200) then we recommend following the government advice very carefully.
If you have an extremely low CD4 count or have recently had a severe infection, we will contact you with further advice.
You might have other health reasons why should be careful, for example:
- Heart disease
- Lung disease
- If you are overweight
You might have other health conditions that make you extremely vulnerable, for example:
- If you have had an organ transplant
- If you have severe kidney disease, or are on dialysis
- If you are being treated for cancer with chemotherapy or radiotherapy
- If you take other medication that suppresses your immune system
Remember that there are benefits to your general wellbeing and physical health in going out and getting regular daily exercise as well as in keeping in contact (safely) with other people
Leaving your home to get care and treatment is also important for your health. During the November lockdown, you should continue to attend medical appointments. It is a good idea to make sure that your treatment is working, your immune system is strong and that you have a good supply of medication.
It is especially important to get the flu vaccine this year, and to make sure you are up to date with other recommended vaccines by checking with your GP
- Flu vaccine (every year)
- Pneumococcal vaccine
The Jonathan Mann Clinic remains open for people living with HIV, but we have had to make some changes because of coronavirus
The Jonathan Mann Clinic (JMC) is based in the Clifden Centre at Homerton University Hospital. Our diverse team provide holistic care to help people live well with HIV.
Please do not attend unless you have an appointment. We will try to do everything that we need to in one appointment, rather than having separate appointments with the nurse and doctor. Occasionally we may have to re-schedule appointments in order to ensure social distancing in the clinic.
If you or someone you live with has had a fever, new continuous cough, or loss of taste or smell in the last 14 days, please stay at home and contact us to re-book your appointment.
From Monday 9 November 2020, you will only be able to access the Jonathan Mann Clinic from the main entrance on Homerton Row. You will need to have a temperature check and put on a mask before entering the hospital.
We are ensuring that our medication supply is maintained so that people get the medication when they need.
- If you usually receive home delivery it will be delivered to your address or to Boots as usual
- If you pick up medication from the hospital pharmacy, it will be available for you to pick up from the clinic during a scheduled time slot, or we can courier the medication to you
If you have less than two weeks of medications, please contact us by phone or email (email@example.com):
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