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The COVID-19 pandemic started in London during the latter part of January 2020 and reached its peak in April 2020. Antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 develop 2–3 weeks after exposure and decreases following recovery from illness.1 In the UK, patients accessing the National Health Service were able to request SARS-CoV-2 antibody testing since May 2020. Patients attending our HIV clinic were able to opt-in for SARS-CoV-2 antibody testing during their routine monitoring visit for blood tests. Laboratory tests were used to detect SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid antibodies in serum samples. A retrospective study was conducted to know the seropositivity rate among the tested cohort of our large central London HIV clinic.
We collected data of people living with HIV who opted-in for SARS-CoV-2 antibody test from 1 May 2020 to 31 December 2020. Data on demographics, body mass index (BMI), comorbidities, concomitant medications, Antiretroviral therapy (ART), CD4 count and HIV viral load, symptoms of COVID-19 and hospital admissions were collected for people who tested positive for antibodies. The test result was considered negative when reported as inconclusive.
A total of 2567 (65.9%) people opted-in for the SARS-CoV-2 antibody test. Among them, 271 (10.6%) were tested positive; male: …
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Contributors VS contributed to hypothesis, methodology, data collection, result analysis and manuscript. HC contributed to data collection, result analysis and manuscript. GN contributed to methodology, laboratory supervision and manuscript. SD contributed to hypothesis, methodology, laboratory supervision, result analysis and manuscript. RK supervised the study governance, contributed to methodology, result analysis and manuscript.
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