In connection with the situation surrounding the spread of the coronavirus in Switzerland, the Swiss Aids Federation calls for consideration towards the capacities of the medical system and towards the restrictions on freedom of movement decreed by the Federal Council. We recommend:
If you need a PEP assessment after a risk situation, inquire in advance by telephone instead of going directly to an infectious disease clinic or an emergency room.
If you need an HIV-test after a risk situation, also call the testing site in advance, as many testing centres have discontinued or reduced their services.
Do not take routine tests now but defer them to a later date.
Advice on coronavirus for those who are HIV positive
Those living with HIV who are receiving effective anti-retroviral therapy and whose immune systems are healthy do not need to take any special precautions. The advice is the same as for the general population:
Wash your hands thoroughly
Avoid shaking hands
Cough and sneeze into a tissue or the crook of your arm
Keep your distance
Stay at home from now on
Always call ahead before going to the doctor’s or the emergency department
For information on coronavirus (Sars-CoV-2 / COVID-19):