During the COVID-19 pandemic, staying physically and mentally healthy is more important than ever.

For people living with HIV (and people at increased risk for HIV), there are still many HIV-related services available–and some important things to keep in mind.

What People Living With HIV Need to Know

A weakened immune system can make people more vulnerable to any illness – including COVID-19. Since nearly half the people living with HIV in the United States are older than 50, and because people living with HIV can often have other chronic health conditions, it makes sense to take extra precautions and follow all CDC-recommended prevention measures.

Take your medications every day as prescribed.

By taking antiretroviral (ART) medication every day, people living with HIV can maintain a healthy level of CD4 white blood cells, which help fight off COVID-19 and other infections.

Keep up with your lab and doctor appointments.

Even if you’re not feeling sick, regular check-ins and viral load tests ensure your current treatment plan is working as intended, and allow your doctor to make any necessary changes.

Get connected if you’re not currently in care.

People living with HIV who are not currently receiving treatment are at greater risk for getting very sick from COVID-19. If you need help accessing HIV treatment, there is help available.

Make sure you have enough medication.

If permitted by your insurance, ask your healthcare provider for an extra month’s supply of medication to have on hand, so you can limit unnecessary trips away from home while social distancing.

Case Management Services

Whether you’re newly diagnosed or you’ve been living with HIV for a long time, local HIV/AIDS organizations are still available during the COVID-19 pandemic. A case manager can guide you through finding a doctor, getting access to treatment, and even how to get help with your living expenses.

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Utah AIDS Foundation

An organization dedicated entirely to helping people with HIV live healthier, happier, and more fulfilling lives.

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Call UAF (801) 487-2323

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University of Utah Clinic 1A

People come from all over the Intermountain West to receive expert care from the largest provider of HIV treatment in Utah.

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Call Clinic 1A 801-585-2031

What People At Risk for HIV Need to Know


While managing your COVID-19 risk is important, so is managing your HIV risk. From getting tested to getting on PrEP, there are places throughout Utah that can help.

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At-Home Testing

Available through Utah AIDS Foundation, you can test for HIV and other STIs by mail—plus receive counseling via an online appointment.

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Local Testing

Local HIV/AIDS organizations such as the Utah AIDS Foundation and Clinic 1A are still available to help you access the treatment, assistance and resources you need.

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PrEP Clinics

PrEP clinics at the University of Utah and the Salt Lake County Health Department are still offering appointments for individuals at high risk for exposure to HIV.

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Safer Sex During COVID-19

It’s a good idea to limit close contact-including sex-with anyone outside your household. If you do have sex with others, limit the number of sexual partners and only have sex with people you trust. Talk with your sexual partners about the risk of COVID-19, just like you’d talk about other safe sex topics like condoms or PrEP. Unlike HIV, COVID-19 is easily spread by kissing, so consider avoiding any intimate activities with people you don’t know that could lead to contact with saliva.

General Tips For COVID-19

Wash Your
Hands Frequently

Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol if you’re not able to access soap and water. Avoid touching your face, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

Wear a
Face Covering

Wear a mask when in public. They may not filter all incoming virus particles, but they do help contain droplets that spread COVID-19. Wearing a mask protects others, since many people with COVID-19 may not show symptoms.

Social
Distancing

With COVID-19 cases still being reported in Utah, avoid nonessential trips away from home as much as possible, and do your best to maintain six feet of distance from those outside your immediate household.

Practice Self-Care

Simple things like fresh air, sunlight, and exercise are important for maintaining mental health, especially at a time when we’re not able to socialize or gather with other people in all the ways we’re used to.

Stay Connected with Loved Ones

While social distancing is important, so is maintaining human connection. Make sure to check in regularly with friends and family, whether that’s by phone call, video chat, or some other method.

Support Long-Term Survivors

People living with HIV since the mid 1990s or earlier—before modern treatments became available—are often called long-term survivors. Many of these individuals may be at higher risk, or feel particularly isolated. Check in to see how they’re feeling, and if you can help.

Syringe Service Programs

Several agencies are still offering syringe service programs to help minimize the harm and risks associated with injection drug use. A number of these organizations also offer other services like naloxone distribution and HIV/STI testing.

Syringe Service Resources

OrganizationWebsitePhone Number
One Voice Recovery
onevoicerecovery.com385-420-4934
Utah Harm Reduction
utahharmreduction.org801-569-1995
Utah Naloxone
utahnaloxone.org385-227-6911
Soap 2 Hope
soap2hopeut.com801-663-0183
SE Utah Health Dept.
seuhealth.com435-637-1176

Local Health Departments

The majority of local health departments throughout Utah are still offering HIV testing, and working with HIV-positive people to provide partner services and access to care. Contact your local health department for the most up-to-date information.

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Stay Up to Date

Visit the state of Utah’s official COVID-19 website for all the latest information on the COVID-19 pandemic, and the most up-to-date guidance from public health officials.

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