The lockdown has impacted on South Africa’s ARV treatment programme, delaying the South African National Aids Council national strategy. Yet, Covid-19 has also brought with it innovations in treatment and prevention for HIV, TB and STIs.
Scientists have been working furiously to find a vaccine against Covid-19, and initial findings show positive results from the United Kingdom trial where the vaccine was tested on 1 077 healthy adults.
Deborah Birx, a member of President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR), told the 23rd International AIDS conference that despite the Covid-19 pandemic, they have continued to achieve most of their HIV sustainable development goals set for 2020.
Systemic racism has left people of colour exposed and unprotected against global health threats such as HIV for decades. These inequities are magnified by the disparity seen in Covid-19 health outcomes.