COVID-19: i-Base articles and links

graphic of green coronavirus with a red heart either sideSimon Collins, HIV i-Base

This page links to i-Base articles and posts about the new coronavirus and COVID-19.


The last weeks have seen unparalleled social, economic, and medical responses to this global health crisis.

Even with the examples of responses in China, Taiwan, South Korea and Italy as likely models the changes have shocked nearly everyone.

The restrictions to regular life will continue for weeks, if not months. Although still based on limited direct evidence, the advice for people living with HIV has slowly gained consensus.

On 23 March 2020, the UK moved to a general lock-down for individuals to stay at home in order to protect NHS services. This will bring specific difficulties for HIV care and sexual health – and for the health workers who provide front-line care.

i-Base articles will be linked below as they become available.

Q&A posts and non-technical links

Are HIV positive people at higher risk of the new coronavirus and COVID-19?

Is PrEP affected by coronavirus and COVID-19?

Do HIV positive folks need a face mask to prevent COVID-19?

What are physical distancing, social distancing and self-isolation (shielding) for HIV and COVID-19?

HIV, PrEP, COVID-19 & Sex – What you need to know (from HIV Scotland)
Easy to read Q&As about HIV, sex and the new coronavirus.

PrEP and coronavirus: what you need to know (from HIV Scotland)
Easy to read Q&As about PrEP.

This information from NYC (online as a PDF file) includes positive information about how to manage a safer approach to sex during the coronavirus health crisis. It covers the safety of sex with yourself and of virtual sex including if your job currently includes sex work.

HTB articles and medical links

US interim guidelines on COVID-19 and HIV

British HIV Association (BHIVA) statements on COVID-19

Information from Public Health England (PHE)
PHE information on distancing – guidance for everyone in the UK including HIV positive people on ART

PHE information on shielding – guidance for people who are extremely vulnerable, including HIV positive people with a low CD4 count (less than 50 cells/mm3).

Information from World Health Organisation (WHO)

Future medical conferences and meetings
This HTB link will update information about HIV conferences, many of which have already been cancelled or rescheduled.