We, the Filipino LGBT Europe Foundation, is one with the community in helping prevent the spread of the COVID19.
To the HIV-living members of our community, here is a guideline posted by the AIDS Society of the Philippines Inc., on how to prevent being infected by the virus.
Stay healthy everyone.
Recently, Persons Living with HIV have been voicing their concerns regarding COVID-19, especially if their immunocompromised status makes them more vulnerable to the coronavirus.
The AIDS Society of the Philippines acknowledges and empathizes with the key affected population, and provides the following advice for prevention:
Continue to faithfully take your anti-retrovirals (ARVs) and ensure you have enough supply of ARVs. Reach out to your treatment hub, primary care facility, or community-based organization so they can help expedite your ARV refill despite the community quarantine in NCR. Call to set an appointment before you visit,
Continue to maintain a strong immune system with proper diet and enough sleep. Currently, there is no COVID data specifically about persons who are immunocompromised.
However, Dr. John Brooks from the HIV/AIDS Division of the CDC said publicly that, most likely, the risk for severe illness will be greater for persons at lower CD4 cell counts and those who aren’t virally suppressed.
Continue to follow DOH and WHO advice in COVID prevention. This includes frequent handwashing, practicing cough hygiene, avoid touching the mouth, eyes, and nose, social distancing (maintain 3 feet distance), working from home, going out as little as possible, and seeking medical care when you have fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.
If you have been exposed to a Person Under Investigation or Person Under Monitoring (PUI and PUM) for COVID, contact your treatment hub or primary care facility to request for advice. Home quarantine will likely be required, even without symptoms. If symptoms appear, visit your nearest government hospital for triaging and indicate the presence of comorbidities.
Continue to take care of your mental health by reaching out and staying in touch with friends, family members, and support groups remotely or through the Internet. Social distancing doesn’t mean social isolation. But advise family and friends that due to your status, you have to limit your exposure to others. Finally, encourage other PLHIV and fellow Filipinos.
We stand with you in this difficult time. Stay strong—we will get through this together.