Racial/Ethnic and Income Disparities in the Prevalence of Comorbidities That Are Associated With Risk for Severe COVID-19 Among Adults Receiving HIV Care, United States, 2014–2019

John K. Weiser, MD, MPH; Yunfeng Tie, PhD; Linda Beer, PhD; Robyn Neblett Fanfair, MD, MPH; Roy Luke Shouse, MD, MPH


J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2021;86(3):297-304. 

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Among adults receiving HIV care, those with low income or public insurance alone and Blacks with income either above or below the poverty threshold were more likely to have ≥1 diagnosed comorbidity associated with severe illness from COVID-19. Building health equity during the co-occurring epidemics of COVID-19 and HIV may require structural changes to mitigate the burden of these underlying health conditions in Black and low-income communities, including increased access to medical care and supportive services, healthy food options, and recreational spaces.