Impact of coronavirus disease 2019-related clinic closures on HIV incidence in young adult MSM and transgender women in Kenya


This article investigates how the closure of clinics during the COVID-19 pandemic affected the rate of new HIV infections among young adult men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women in Kenya. The study found that these closures led to an increase in HIV infections in these communities. With clinics shut down, access to crucial HIV testing, prevention, and treatment services was disrupted. The research underscores the importance of maintaining healthcare services, especially during crises like the COVID-19 pandemic, to prevent spikes in HIV infections and ensure the health of vulnerable populations.

SANTHE is an Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) flagship programme funded by the Science for Africa Foundation through the DELTAS Africa programme; the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Gilead Sciences Inc.; and the Ragon Institute of Mass General, MIT, and Harvard.