The impact of COVID-19 on cardiovascular health behaviors in people living with HIV.


The COVID-19 pandemic's impact on cardiovascular health behaviors including diet, physical activity, medication adherence, and self-care among people living with HIV (PLWH) remains unknown. Using qualitative analyses, we examined the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cardiovascular health behaviors among PLWH. Twenty-four PLWH were enrolled in this multisite study from September to October 2020. Individuals participated in semi-structured telephone interviews that were recorded, transcribed, and coded by 4 independent coders. Codes were adjudicated and analyzed for common themes. Participants were, on average, 59.2 years old (+/-9.4), 75% African American (n = 18) and 71% male (n = 17). The pandemic altered cardiovascular disease health behaviors. PLWH changed diet based on stay-at-home orders and food access. Alterations in physical activity included transitioning from gym and group class exercise to home-based exercise. Antiretroviral adherence was maintained, even when other health behaviors wavered, suggesting resilience in PLWH that may be harnessed to maintain other health behaviors.





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Horvat Davey, Christine, Chris T Longenecker, Ellen Brinza, Madeline McCabe, Corrilynn O Hileman, Rajesh Vedanthan, Hayden B Bosworth, Allison Webel, et al. (2023). The impact of COVID-19 on cardiovascular health behaviors in people living with HIV. AIDS care. pp. 1–8. 10.1080/09540121.2023.2175195 Retrieved from

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