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):
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.
Sexwork and Coronavirus
The current situation for sex workers is a precarious one:
A nationwide project for sex workers during the time of COVID-19.
The situation for sex workers becomes immediately precarious, as soon as income stops coming in from one day to the next. Because the workplace and personal home often overlap: the road leading to homelessness, poverty and possible legal consequences for foreigners, can be a short one. Fast and unbureaucratic action is called for.
All of these things, make it much more difficult, to protect oneself against HIV/STI, aswell as making it difficult to access the health assistance which is on offer.
Financed by the BAG (Federal Office of Public Health), the nationwide project for sex workers, during the time of COVID-19, has been launched by the Network ProKoRe.
You can find up-to-date information for sex workers (financial help, protective measures, etc.) on the internet page www.sexwork.ch. There is also information about which counselling centres offer help in various languages.
Safer sex rules
With two simple rules you protect yourself effectively against HIV:
Use a condom for vaginal and anal sex.
For recommendations based on your personal sexuality, try our Safer Sex Check.