SARS-CoV-2 and HIV: Convergence of Two Pandemics in the Caribbean
Keywords:HIV/AIDS, COVID-19, Dominican Republic, Caribbean
This article describes the social, biological, and programmatic interactions between HIV and SARS-CoV-2 co-infections in The Caribbean region. The country islands represent the second most affected region by HIV/AIDS after Sub-Saharan Africa. After the first confirmed COVID-19 cases in the region, it is necessary to reinvent the programmatic interventions designed to eliminate HIV transmission, and implement innovative interventions that are not yet currently available like PrEP, HIV self-testing, and multiple medication dispensing. COVID-19 pandemic offers an opportunity to governments, community-based organizations, and international partners to maintain the HIV care continuum, with particular efforts made to ensure timely access to, and to avoid disruption of routinely HIV services.