Transgender people who are HIV positive, are likely to be at higher risk of contracting the new coronavirus respiratory disease, COVID-19, particularly if they are not on antiretroviral (ARV) treatment, due to compromised immune systems and low CD4 counts.
We encourage you to get tested and if positive you’ll be initiated on ARVs. People with a stable HIV infection, that is a high CD4 count and undetectable viral load, are likely less susceptible to influenza infections. However, if an HIV-infected person has low CD4 levels or other underlying diseases, an influenza infection may be more severe. Also, the viral load may temporarily increase during a viral infection, especially if the patient is not on HIV treatment.
Those who are on treatment need to strictly adhere to their treatment programme to ensure a better outcome should they contract coronavirus.