There are a few things that you can do to reduce your risk of getting COVID-19.
Take your antiretroviral treatment correctly. This will give your immune system the best chance of fighting COVID-19 if you get it.
Stock-up on your antiretroviral treatment and other medication you take. Try to have enough for at least 30 days, but ideally for three months.
Make sure your vaccinations are up to date (such as flu and pneumonia vaccines) and get your COVID-19 vaccine when you are offered it.
Know how to get in touch with your healthcare facility and peer supporters for advice and support if you need it.
Have a plan for if you need to stay at home, including how to get food and medicine.
Make sure you are eating a balanced diet well and exercising as best you can (even at home).
Also, follow the same general advice that is given to everyone on the World Health Organization website:
- get vaccinated when it’s your turn
- keep at least 1 metre from others
- wear a mask when physical distancing is not possible
- wash your hands often with alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and water
- cover your mouth and nose with a bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze
- self-isolate if you develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19.