COVID-19 and HIV
As our country continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, CDC is working to ensure the health and safety of the communities we serve and the staff on the front lines of our efforts to end the HIV epidemic in the U.S. It is a time of unprecedented demands on our public health and community-based HIV prevention partners, and we are working to help them prioritize steps needed to combat COVID-19, while also delivering essential HIV prevention and treatment services in both traditional and novel ways. Many of the same systems, organizations, and approaches that have been developed to fight HIV are now integral to the lifesaving efforts to protect vulnerable populations from COVID-19.
CDC remains committed to moving forward with efforts to end the HIV epidemic while considering the needs of the communities and individuals at risk for COVID-19 in every decision. As we work with partners to address evolving challenges, questions, and needs, we will post new information, guidance, and resources to this page.
CDC Resources for Clinicians
- Interim Guidance for Public Health Officials Interacting with Patients or Clients
CDC developed interim guidance on non-COVID-19 public health activities that usually require face-to-face interaction with clients, whether in the field or in a clinic setting.
- Ending Home Isolation for Immunocompromised Persons with COVID-19
Guidance for healthcare providers and public health officials managing immunocompromised persons with COVID-19 under home isolation.
- Guidance on STD Care and Preventionpdf icon
CDC issued a Dear Colleague Letter on STD care and prevention guidance during disruption of clinical services, which provides guidance on effective care and prevention when facility-based services and in-person patient-clinician contact is limited.
- Dear Colleague Letter: CDC Guidance on PrEP During COVID-19
This letter provides guidance from CDC on providing PrEP when facility-based services and in-person patient-clinician contact is limited.
- Information About HIV Self-Testing
As traditional HIV testing services may be interrupted because of the COVID-19 response, CDC’s HIV self-testing resource page provides information about self-testing.
- Dear Colleague Letter: HIV Self Testing Guidance
Guidance to health departments, community-based organizations, and other providers of clinical HIV testing services on expanding their support for HIV self-testing services especially where face-to-face testing services have been disrupted.
- New Application Deadline for EHE Implementation Funding
CDC has delayed the deadline to apply for FY20 funds to implement the EHE initiative; applications are now due May 1, 2020.
- Guidance on Flexibility of Federal Financial Assistance
CDC posted guidance on Flexibilities Available to Applicants and Recipients of Federal Financial Assistance Affected by COVID-19. Based on two Office of Management and Budget memoranda, CDC intends to extend these time-limited flexibilities wherever possible.