INTERIM GUIDANCE FOR COVID-19 AND PERSONS WITH HIV:
The Interim Guidance for COVID-19 and Persons with HIV is now available on the ClinicalInfo.HIV.gov website. The guidance, which was developed collectively by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Antiretroviral and Opportunistic Infections Guidelines Panels, which are working groups of the Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council, is intended for health care providers and persons living with HIV in the United States. The guidance includes the following information:
- General information that is pertinent to all persons with HIV, including the most current, albeit limited, information on HIV and COVID-19
- Specific guidance for pregnant individuals with HIV and children with HIV
- Actions to take when a person with HIV is exposed to COVID-19, develops symptoms of the illness, or is confirmed to have COVID-19, including cases where hospitalization is required
- Additional guidance for HIV clinicians to enhance care engagement and continuity of antiretroviral therapy
The guidance also includes links to information on COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other organizations.
To view the guidance, go to the guidelines section of the ClinicalInfo.HIV.gov website.
ETHICAL GUIDELINES FOR PROVIDING CARE DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC:
The Hastings Center recently published Ethical Framework for Health Care Institutions and Guidelines for Institutional Ethics Services Responding to the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic:
“This document is designed for use within a health care institution’s preparedness work, supplementing public health and clinical practice guidance on COVID-19. It aims to help structure ongoing discussion of significant, foreseeable ethical concerns arising under contingency levels of care and potentially crisis standards of care. Its method is to:
- pose practical questions that administrators and clinicians may not yet have considered and support real-time reflection and review of policy and processes;
- explain three duties of health care leaders during a public health emergency: to plan, to safeguard, and to guide; and
- offer detailed guidelines to help hospital ethics committees and clinical ethics consultation (CEC) services quickly prepare to support clinicians who are caring for patients under contingency levels of care and, potentially, crisis standards of care.
This document is not intended to be, and should not be considered, a substitute for clinical ethics consultation or other medical, legal, or other professional advice on individual cases or for particular institutions.”
HIV/AIDS CO-INFECTION AND GENERAL COVID-19 RESOURCES:
Several resources have recently been made available to help HIV care providers, agencies, and organizations meet the needs of their patients and clients during the COVID-19 pandemic:
Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA):
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA):
- HAB Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) FAQ
- Emergency Preparedness and Recovery Resources for Health Centers
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)
- Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Interim Guidelines for Collecting, Handling, and Testing Clinical Specimens from Persons for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
MATEC INDIANA STAFFING:
The MATEC Indiana office on the campus of Eskenazi Health is temporarily closed due to COVID-19. During this time, MATEC Indiana staff will be working from home. Planned trainings will be postponed or converted to a virtual format.
MATEC Indiana staff are still available to assist you:
Karen Curd, Program Manager
Rachel Fogleman, Programming Coordinator
Danielle Jacobs-Chan, Programming Coordinator