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COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster Shots for People with HIV

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recommends that people living with HIV should receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also recommends people who are immunocompromised, including people with advanced or untreated HIV, should receive an additional third dose at least 28 days after a second dose of Pfizer or Moderna.

With the authorization of booster vaccine shots for COVID-19, HHS recommends that people living with HIV consider receiving a booster shot after six months of initial vaccination for those who received Pfizer or Moderna, and at least two months after initial vaccination for those who received Johnson & Johnson. People living with HIV should talk to their healthcare provider about getting a COVID-19 booster shot.

Who is eligible for an extra dose of COVID-19 vaccineTo find a COVID-19 vaccine location, visit: Vaccines.gov.

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit:

 

Additional HIV-Related Resources
  • Interim Guidance for COVID-19 and Persons with HIV is now available. The guidance, which was developed collectively by the HHS Antiretroviral and Opportunistic Infections Guidelines Panels, working groups of the Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council, is intended for health care providers and people living with HIV in the United States.
     
  • COVID-19 and People Living with HIV Frequently Asked Questions
    This is a COVID-19 resource for people living with HIV based on the best information available. Please check the version date above to see when it was last updated. More information is learned nearly every day about the coronavirus. This document will be regularly updated as new information and resources become available. For the most up-to-date information, please check online rather than printing this document.
    Disclaimer: This document is not intended to provide medical advice. Please contact your health care provider for medical advice and guidance.
     
  • HRSA is working to keep Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program recipients, subrecipients, and partners updated on the latest information regarding COVID-19.  As part of that effort, HRSA's HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) has launched a Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) webpage on the HAB website, which HAB is monitoring and updating as new information is made available.
     
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has made available a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about HIV and coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The new resource addresses concerns related to COVID-19 and HIV and highlights how people with HIV can protect their health.
     
  • HHS COVID-19 Uninsured Program Portal. COVID-19 Claims Reimbursement to Health Care Providers and Facilities for Testing and Treatment of the Uninsured program, allowing health care providers who have conducted COVID-19 testing or provided treatment for uninsured COVID-19 individuals on or after February 4, 2020, to submit claims for reimbursement.
  • NASTAD has compiled a summary of other COVID-19 related resources and updates on a newly launched "Updates and Resources" website.
  • Fact Sheets
    NASTAD has produced fact sheets about Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance policies expanding access to health care for people living with HIV and viral hepatitis during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The resources explain policies and protections that can help ensure safe and comprehensive access to health care for people living with HIV and viral hepatitis during the ongoing public health crisis, and include frequently asked questions for programs working with clients.
 
Additional STI-Related Resources

HIV & STI News

World AIDS Day | December 1, 2021

World AIDS Day is observed worldwide each year as a day to remember those we have lost to an HIV-related illness and honor people in our community who are living with HIV. As part of World AIDS Day, MDHHS is encouraging Michiganders to get tested to know their HIV status.

Read more: MDHHS recognizes World AIDS Day and encourages Michiganders to get tested for HIV

 

Do you know the numbers surrounding HIV in Michigan?

Change the numbers. Change your future. Find HIV testing locations and resources.

Currently, 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV. In Michigan, it is estimated that 1 in 8 people are unaware of their HIV status. Early detection, intervention, and treatment can reduce the risk of transmission by 93%.

To learn more and find HIV testing locations, please visit: Change the numbers. Change your future.


Clinical Alerts

2021 Sexually Transmitted Infections Treatment Guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released Sexually Transmitted Infections Treatment Guidelines, 2021. This document provides current evidence-based diagnostic, management, and treatment recommendations, and serves as a source of clinical guidance for managing sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The new guidelines include notable updates from the previous 2015 guidance, including:

  • updated treatment recommendations for chlamydia, trichomoniasis, and pelvic inflammatory disease;
  • updated treatment recommendations for uncomplicated gonorrhea in neonates, children, and other specific clinical situations (e.g., proctitis, epididymitis, sexual assault), which builds on broader treatment changes published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report;
  • information on FDA-cleared diagnostic tests for Mycoplasma genitalium and rectal and pharyngeal chlamydia and gonorrhea;
  • expanded risk factors for syphilis testing among pregnant patients;
  • recommended two-step serologic testing for diagnosing genital herpes simplex virus;
  • harmonized recommendations for human papillomavirus vaccination with the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices; and
  • recommended universal hepatitis C testing in alignment with CDC's 2020 hepatitis C testing recommendations.

 

Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Trichomoniasis Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT):

Michigan Public Act 525 of 2014 (MCL 333.5110) authorized the use of expedited partner therapy (EPT) for certain sexually transmitted infections as designated by the state health department. In April 2020, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services designated chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis as infections for which the use of EPT is appropriate.


Updates for Our Partners

The Division of HIV and STI Programs' quarterly newsletter and other related updates provide important information about HIV and STIs in Michigan. Below you will find previous issues of the newsletter and other updates for our partners:

  • SHOARS is Live!

    The STI/HIV Operations and Resource System (SHOARS) officially launched on November 29, 2021. SHOARS allows partners to engage with the diverse resources of the Division of HIV and STI Programs (DHSP). SHOARS improves the relationship between DHSP and partners to efficiently provide services for Michiganders who are at risk and/or living with HIV & STIs. Learn more about SHOARS...

  • 2020 HIV and STI Data and Statistics Reports Available

    HIV and STI Data and Statistics reports are now available with the most recent surveillance data through 2020. These reports include information by county or local health department that highlights priority populations by age, race, sex, and other demographic characteristics. Read more...

  • September 2021 Newsletter

    In this newsletter, you will find information on the updated STI Treatment Guidelines released by the CDC, a reminder to report HIV and STI cases, an update on the development of the STI/HIV Operations and Resource System (SHOARS), an agency spotlight on the organization Alternatives for Girls, and more. Read more...

  • June 2021 Newsletter

    In this newsletter, you will find links to upcoming webinars commemorating HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day and 40 Years of HIV, information on the increase of HIV diagnoses in Northern Michigan, a spotlight on the Deaf Community Advocacy Network (DEAF C.A.N.!), the impact of the Detroit/Wayne County Gonorrhea (GC) Project, information on COVID Emergency Rental Assistance, and more. Read more...

  • February 2021 Newsletter

    In this newsletter, you will find an explanation on DHSP's decision to use "STI" instead of "STD", information on the DHSP IT Initiative, changes in STI Treatment Guidelines, information on Michigan's temporary expanded use of Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT), an update on the HIV/STI Annual Conference, and more. Read more...

 

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