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COVID-19 Information and FAQs for People with HIV

We know you may be concerned about the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and its implications for the health of you and your loved ones. At UC San Diego Health's Owen Clinic, the safety and well-being of people living with HIV are our top priority. We are taking extra safety precautions in our clinics and hospitals, including more frequent cleaning, screenings at our clinic entrances and social distancing in our registration and waiting areas.

Have COVID-like Symptoms? Call Before Coming In

If you have an upcoming appointment and have symptoms including fever, new cough, new shortness of breath, recent loss of taste or smell, new unusual symptoms that concern you, or if you fear that you have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, please call your provider's office or our nurse phone line – 619-543-3995 – to discuss your symptoms before coming to your scheduled appointment.

Video Visits

Our physicians and care teams are reviewing scheduled appointments and contacting patients whose visits may be appropriate to convert to MyUCSDChart video visits. We will make every effort to ensure this is a smooth and easy experience for you.

FAQs for People Living with HIV

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Are people with HIV at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19?

What does it mean to be immunocompromised?

Does COVID-19 affect men and women differently?

How can I protect myself from COVID-19?

Are there HIV medication shortages?

How can I avoid catching or spreading COVID-19 during sex?

What are some tips for safer drug use during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Can pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medications prevent COVID-19?

What should I do if I have flu-like or respiratory symptoms?

Should I wear a mask?

Where can I find more information on HIV and COVID-19?

See all COVID-19 FAQs and frequently updated information about UC San Diego Health care and services.