How do HIV-positive elderly get infected by COVID-19 during the COVID-19 pandemic? A literature review

Fitriana Kurniasari Solikhah, Erlina Suci Astuti, Imam Subekti, Ronal Surya Aditya, Daifallah M. Al Razeeni

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There is an evidence of a lower reported quality of life (QoL) among older persons living with human immunodeficiency viruses (HIV) compared with younger people with the infection; however, this has not been a consistent finding. The purpose of this research was to provide a thorough overview of some of the situations experienced by HIV-positive elderly during the COVID-19 epidemic. A meta-analysis was conducted and reported in accordance with meta-analysis guidelines' recommended reporting items (PRISMA). The search was conducted between January, 2021 and March, 2022 using ScienceDirect, PsycINFO, Google Scholar, and Sabinet databases. From 12 articles summarized, various themes on the conditions of HIV/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)-positive parents during the pandemic were found, including symptoms experienced by older HIV-positive people during the COVID-19 pandemic and throughout the COVID-19 era, improved quality of life of HIV-positive parents, overview of the elderly with HIV with emerging comorbidities, and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) in elderlies who suffer from HIV during the COVID-19 pandemic. HIV/AIDS-positive older individuals during the pandemic have less symptoms compared to non-HIV/ AIDS-positive elderly people. Moreover, throughout the COVID-19 era, the quality of life of HIV-positive parents has improved. It is also necessary to pay attention to HIV-positive elderly with comorbidities that arise. Also, MBSR for the older persons who suffer from HIV during the COVID-19 pandemic is also important.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)279-282
Number of pages4
JournalHIV and AIDS Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • COVID-19
  • older
  • pandemic
  • quality of life


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