Exploring the social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on people living with HIV (PLHIV): A scoping review


Understanding the clinical impact of COVID-19 has been central to emerging research in the HIV field, but in focusing on the biomedical, researchers must not overlook the socially embedded nature of HIV and the potential social impacts of this new pandemic on PLHIV. We conducted a scoping review to explore emerging research examining the social impacts of COVID-19 on PLHIV in OECD countries over the first 12Aÿmonths of the pandemic. Twenty articles were identified and included for review. Key themes included: impacts on HIV care access/telehealth; stress and mental health; social isolation and loneliness; food insecurity; changes to sexual behaviour; changes to substance use; impacts on income, education and employment; and racial and social inequality. Results from this review can help guide research into areas where it is needed to help minimise the negative social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Winwood JJ, Fitzgerald L, Gardiner B, Hannan K, Howard C, Mutch A




  • Epidemiology and Determinants of Health
    • Determinants of Health
  • Determinants of Health
    • Employment
    • Food security
    • Income
    • Education
    • Social support
    • Health services
    • Stigma/discrimination
  • Population(s)
    • General HIV+ population
  • Co-infections
    • Other


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