The COVID-19 Pandemic’s Impact on HIV and Hepatitis Programs
The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a significant burden on the public health systems across America. As a result, state and local health departments are facing amplified demands on resources and organizational capacity. In order to continue to provide critical public health services, HIV and hepatitis programs have acted quickly to develop innovative service delivery approaches in response to emerging needs of people living with and at risk for HIV and hepatitis. In addition, HIV and hepatitis programs anticipate increased long-term financial and programmatic impacts due to a potential lasting economic downturn.
In May 2020, NASTAD conducted a request for information from HIV prevention programs (49 health departments responded), hepatitis programs (55 health departments responded) and Ryan White ADAP/Part B Programs (45 health departments responded) to detail the impact of COVID-19 on HIV and hepatitis programs.