COVID-19 HIV Resources
Are you living with HIV? You may have questions and concerns about COVID-19
and how best to stay healthy, or perhaps you need to see a doctor who
is qualified to treat both HIV and COVID-19. Mary Washington Healthcare
is here for you.
Mary Washington Infectious Diseases has five board-certified physicians
who specialize in infectious disease treatment: Dr. Awol Ali, Dr. Norman
Bernstein, Dr. Lauren Fiske, Dr. Rosemary Iwunze, and Dr. Lalita Chulamokha,
as well as nurse practitioner Felicia Hall. They are available for in-person
or virtual (telehealth) visits. Please call The Wellness Program at
540.374.3279 to schedule an appointment.
Read more about the physicians and practice here
COVID-19, HIV, AND THE FLU
Questions? We’re here for you! Call
540.374.3279 for more information on HIV, HIV testing, and support during COVID-19.
Virtual visits (or telehealth) are a great way to stay in contact with
your medical provider and stay safe at home. Our physicians use telephone
and video visits to provide routine medical care to our patients. Some
tips to get the most out of your virtual visit:
- Expect to the visit to take at least 15 to 20 minutes.
- Find a quiet private place to take your call. Your provider may ask you
questions about your sexual health and sexual practices.
- Ensure your phone or computer is charged so that you and the provider are
able to complete the call.
Read more about Virtual Visits on our Medical Group page
Do people with HIV have a higher risk of getting COVID-19?
The risk of getting COVID-19 in people with HIV is not yet known. Nor is
there any evidence that people with HIV who are taking HIV medicines and
are healthy are affected differently by COVID-19 than other people. But
we do know that:
- HIV attacks the immune system, which means that people with HIV are, in
general, at a greater risk for infections than other people.
- Taking your HIV medicines exactly as prescribed can help keep you and your
immune system healthy
FREE At-Home Test Kits
If you are concerned about leaving your house for an HIV test, the Wellness
Program has FREE at-home test kits available for Virginia residents to
check their HIV status in just 20 minutes. If you would like to receive
a free kit, please email your name and address to the Wellness Program at
email@example.com or call
540.374.3279. A discreetly packaged kit will be mailed directly to you for your convenience.