A Letter to Our HIV Positive Community
The Project is aware that many of you are concerned about the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). The Project is developing measures to ensure there are no interruptions to your access to life-saving medications, treatment, and essential needs. After close evaluation of what has been happening in the world and locally, The Project will take an overly cautious approach and take every opportunity to plan and prevent risk to your health and well-being.
If you are an active client, you should expect us to reach out to you in the next week to ensure you have the resources if the event you may need to isolate yourself to protect your health and well-being.
If you are not a client, and living with HIV, then you can reach out to us for assistance.
As you may know, people with compromised immune systems are most at risk for developing complications leading to poor health outcomes, including possible death. People living with HIV who are older (over 60) and/or not virally supressed should be extremely cautious. Generally, for those that are virally suppressed, their risk of severe complications is essentially the same as the general population
Measures in process in the event you may need to isolate to protect your health and well-being:
- Social distancing measures to protect your health and well-being such as home visits to provide case management services
- Ensure sufficient supply of medication
- Virtual or phone counseling appointments
- 14 days of emergency essentials
- A Remote Plan is in place to ensure you will continue to have access to your case manager and services in the event you may need to isolate yourself.
Updated information will be on www.tpqc.org or TPQC Facebook page.
Our greatest concern at the moment is making sure that you and other people living with HIV take the necessary precautions to protect yourself. We would direct you to this article from POZ magazine, "What People With HIV Need to Know About the New Coronavirus."
Finally, please know that your Project Team and Departments of Public Health will be working to ensure you have the resources, including medications, available to you.
If you may have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call at (309) 762-5433.
Information about COVID-19 symptoms, prevention, and treatment.