Lack of evidence to prove HIV patients more prone to COVID-19: expert

South Africa continues its fight against the coronavirus pandemic. People with compromised immune systems such as those living with HIV are said to be at higher risk of contracting the virus. Chris Mallouris from UNAIDS speaks to us about the differences and similarities between the two viruses. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - There is no evidence yet that suggests those living with HIV are more vulnerable to the coronavirus, according to UNAIDS's Chris Mallouris.

However, Mallouris does acknowledge that those with compromised immune systems are at risk.

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"For people living with HIV, there is no clear evidence that they would be more vulnerable to acquiring the virus.

However, we do know that the coronavirus impacts differently for those with suppressed immune systems or are vulnerable and have other conditions and so on', said Mallouris.

On Sunday, the National Department of Health announced that South Africa now has 274 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

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