Estimation of the Potential Impact of COVID-19 Responses on the HIV Epidemic: Analysis using the Goals Model

John Stover, Newton Chagoma, Issac Taramusi, Yu Teng, Robert Glaubius, Severin Guy Mahiane

The authors applied a simulation model of HIV to analyze the effects of 3 and 6-month disruptions in health services as a result of COVID-19. Findings were that disruptions to primary prevention programs (male circumcision, behavior change programs, condom distribution) would have small but transitory effects on new infections that might be more than offset by reductions in commercial and multi-partner sex due to lock downs. However, if COVID-19 leads to disruptions in ART services the impacts on mortality could be severe, doubling or tripling the estimated number of HIV deaths in 2020.

May 21, 2020
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Journal and research articles
delivery of health services, models, COVID-19

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