Learning from combination HIV prevention programmes to face COVID-19 emerging pandemic

Before a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 became available, several measures to control COVID-19 pandemic are necessary. Analogously, in the absence of an available vaccine, Combination HIV Prevention Programmes have consolidated a large experience of biomedical, behavioral and structural interventions suitable for several epidemiological settings. Adaptation of such experiences can organize mid-term and long-term responses to face COVID-19.Citation: Palacios R, Matias A. Colomb Med (Cali). 2020; 51(2):e-4276.http://doi.org/10.25100/cm.v50i4.4276Received : 02 Apr 2020Revised : 25 Apr 2020 Accepted : 04 May 2020Published: 11 May 2020Keywords: COVID-19, Coronavirus, Acquired Im-munodeficiency Syndrome, Pandem-ics, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, Coronavirus Infections, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, Immunization, Vaccination, Vaccines, United Nations, GovernmentPalabras clave: COVID-19, Coronavirus, Síndrome de inmunodeficiencia adquirida, Pan-demias, síndrome respiratorio agudo severo, coronavirus 2, Infecciones por coronavirus, Síndrome respiratorio agudo severo, Inmunización, Vacu-nación, Vacunas, Naciones Unidas, GobiernoCopyright:© 2020. Universidad del Valle.OPEN ACCESSResumenAntes de que una vacuna contra el SARS-CoV-2 esté disponible, son necesarias varias medidas para controlar la pandemia de COVID-19. Análogamente, en ausencia de una vacuna disponible, los Programas Combinados de Prevención del VIH han consolidado una gran experiencia de intervenciones biomédicas, conductuales y estructurales adecuadas para varios entornos epidemiológicos. La adaptación de tales experiencias puede organizar respuestas a medio y largo plazo para enfrentar COVID-19.IntroductionThe emergence of COVID-19 pandemic has posed an unprecedent burden for healthcare systems. Exponential growth of infection rate and demand of intensive care in short periods of time demanded more aggressive strategies to decrease the transmission. Measures to decrease the reproductive number (R) of SARS-CoV-2 infection distribute the number of cases requiring healthcare in a longer period. Such effect, called “flattening the curve”, can be reached by implementation of rigorous control of social interactions with a heavy impact in individual and collective behaviors as well in economic activities 1.In an enlightening essay entitled “Coronavirus: The Hammer and The Dance”, Tomás Pueyo concludes that suppression strategies, “The Hammer” to hit the R, are critical to buy time to face the COVID-19 pandemic2. This time is valuable to boost healthcare capacity, refining
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2020 May;51(2):e-4276
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COVID-19;  Coronavirus;  SARS Virus;  Condoms;  Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome;  Pandemics;  Asymptomatic Infections;  Personal Protective Equipment;  severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2;  Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome;  Immunization;  VIH

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Aprender de los programas combinados de prevención del VIH para enfrentar la pandemia emergente COVID-19
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