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The mortality risk in HIV/AIDS-infected people and their susceptibility to COVID-19 infection is poorly understood. Various researches undertaken since the COVID-19 outbreak have confirmed a decline in access to HIV testing as well as preventive prescriptions. India, the second-most populous nation, is home to 23.49 lakh people living with HIV/AIDS, and the country has no specific policy to manage COVID-19 anxiety amongst HIV patients. COVID-19 pandemic has created a significant burden on these vulnerable populations in terms of financial aid, availing health services, and psychological issues (fear, anxiety, depression). This paper suggests that India needs to have a specific policy to enable these vulnerable populations to cope with any such pandemic. It is a useful study for policy makers. Click here to read the paper.
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