HIV/AIDS & Prevention During COVID-19
During the COVID-19 outbreak, many hospitals and clinics need to emphasize the care of patients who are severely ill with COVID-19 or other conditions. We ask providers of sexual health care to take steps to prevent COVID-19 transmission while maintaining key HIV and STI services:
Minimize clinical encounters and provide services by telephone or video conference when possible. For New York State Medicaid, services covered under a comprehensive insurance policy or contract must be covered when delivered via telemedicine.
Submit prescriptions electronically and encourage the use of mail-order pharmacies or pharmacies that offer home delivery, and discourage patients from stockpiling drugs to avoid exacerbating shortages. New York State has approved 90-day prescriptions for patients in Medicaid, Medicare, and the Uninsured Care Programs/ADAP.
Share guidance with patients on enjoying safer sex during the outbreak. People should avoid close contact – including sex – with anyone outside their household or anyone who feels unwell.