(ORDO NEWS) — Preliminary results from a new study show that patients who are treated for HIV in certain ways are less likely to contract the coronavirus.
The results of a new study led by a team of scientists led by Dr. Steve Nguala from the Villeneuve-Saint-Georges Intercommunal Hospital Center and Melun General Hospital in France show that some people with HIV are less likely to contract covid than others.
All findings will be presented in April in Portugal at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.
Experts have found that due to the passage of antiretroviral treatment with protease inhibitors (drugs that are prescribed to treat HIV), patients with HIV are less likely to get coronavirus.
The study involved patients from six hospitals in Ile-de-France, the average age of these patients was 50 years (48 percent – women, 52 percent – men).
All subjects had HIV and were on antiretroviral treatment from May 1, 2020 to May 31, 2021. However, 169 people also took special drugs (protease inhibitors) for at least a year on average, and 338 people did not take them.
It further turned out that within a year, 12 percent of people who drank medication and 22 percent of patients who did not take protease inhibitors became infected with COVID-19.
After taking into account other important factors, the researchers concluded that patients who took the drugs were 70 percent less likely to contract an infection than those who did not take the drugs.
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