Covid-19 and HIV

Although the risk of serious illness from COVID-19 for people with HIV is not known, people with HIV may have concerns and questions related to their risk.

This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available.


Are people with HIV at higher risk for Covid-19 than other people ?

At the present time, we have no specific information about the risk of COVID-19 in people with HIV.

Older adults and people of any age who have a serious underlying medical condition might be at higher risk for severe illness, including people who are immunocompromised. The risk for people with HIV getting very sick is greatest in:

  • People with a low CD4 cell count, and
  • People not on HIV treatment (antiretroviral therapy or ART).

People with HIV can also be at increased risk of getting very sick with COVID-19 based on their age and other medical conditions.


What can people with HIV do to protect themselves from COVID-19.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent getting sick is to avoid exposure to the virus.

People with HIV should take everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

People with HIV should also continue to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This includes:

Staying healthy helps your immune system fight off infection should it occur.

If you have HIV and are taking your HIV medicine, it is important to continue your treatment and follow the advice of your health care provider. This is the best way to keep your immune system healthy.

What should I do if I think I might have Covid-19?

Call your health care provider if you develop symptoms that could be consistent with COVID-19. Discuss how to get evaluated and how to avoid potentially exposing others to COVID-19.

Learn more about COVID-19 and what to do if you get sick.


What else can people with HIV who are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 do to protect themselves?

Nearly half of people in the United States with diagnosed HIV are aged 50 years and older. People with HIV also have higher rates of certain underlying health conditions. Both increased age and these conditions can increase their risk for more severe illness if people with HIV get COVID-19, especially people with advanced HIV.

Steps that people with HIV can take to prepare in addition to what is recommended for everybody:

  • Make sure you have at least a 30-day supply of your HIV medicine and any other medications or medical supplies you need for managing HIV.
  • Talk to your health care provider and make sure all your vaccinations are up-to-date, including vaccinations against seasonal influenza and bacterial pneumonia because these vaccine preventable diseases disproportionally affect people with HIV.
  • Establish a plan for clinical care if you have to stay at home for a couple of weeks. Try to establish a telemedicine link through your HIV care provider’s online portal. If telemedicine is not available to you, make sure you can communicate with your provider by phone or text.
  • Make sure you can maintain a social network remotely, such as online, by phone, or by video chat. This can help you stay socially connected and mentally healthy, which is especially important for people with HIV.
  • People with HIV can sometimes be more likely than others to need extra help, from friends, family, neighbors, community health workers, and others. If you become sick make sure you stay in touch by phone or email with people who can help you.


Can HIV medicine (ART) be used to treat Covid-19?

Some types of HIV medicine (for example, lopinavir-ritonavir) to treat COVID-19 are being evaluated. Results from a clinical trialexternal icon in China showed that lopinavir-ritonavir did not speed up recovery or reduce the amount of virus produced in patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and pneumonia. More than 15 clinical trials of HIV medicines are registered on ClinicalTrials.govexternal icon. Until more is known about the effects of these medicines on COVID-19, people with HIV should not switch their HIV medicine in an attempt to prevent or treat COVID-19.


Are shortages of HIV medicine (ART)  or pre-exposure prophylaxis (PreP) expected?

Drug shortages or anticipated problems with HIV medicine have not been identified.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is closely monitoring the drug supply chain as the COVID-19 outbreak has the potential to disrupt the supply of medical and pharmaceutical products in the United States.

The National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) has also remained in contact with the major manufacturers of HIV medicine as many of these products rely on ingredients produced in China.

As of March 10, 2020, there were no reports of manufacturing concerns or supply shortages.

Learn more about the FDA’s response to COVID-19external icon.


Should people with HIV travel at this time?

For the latest CDC travel recommendations, visit CDC’s COVID-19 travel information page.


What can everyone do to minimize the stigma about Covid-19?

Minimizing stigma and misinformation about COVID-19 is very important. People with HIV have experience in dealing with stigma and can be allies in preventing COVID-19 stigma. Learn how you can reduce stigma and help prevent the spread of rumors about COVID-19.




Information sourced from the Center for Disease Control.

Red Cross Volunteer Recruitment – Virtual Spanish Open House – 6.10.2020

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Adult Meal Programs in the District Available During Covid-19

Adult Meal Programs in the District Available During Covid-19

Updated March 20th, 2020


For more information on food assistance provided during the Coronavirus, go to the D.C. Food Policy Council website:


How to Sign up for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP):


The District’s SNAP program helps residents buy the food they need for good health. Individuals can apply for SNAP benefits through the D.C. Department of Human Services online or by calling (202) 727-5355. During COVID-19, all current SNAP recipients will be automatically re-certified.


How to Sign up for the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC):


WIC provides important services and nutrient-rich foods to pregnant women, infants, and children up to age 5. Individuals can apply for WIC through the D.C. Department of Health by calling 1(800) 345-1WIC.


Feeding Sites Serving Grab and Go Meals


  • Little Sesame in partnership with Dreaming Out Loud is offering meals for vulnerable communities at Kelly Miller Middle School Monday-Friday from 4:00-6:00pm at 301 49th St NE


  • N Street Village providing bagged breakfast 7:00-8:30am daily and bagged lunch from 12:00-12:30pm daily at 1333 N St NW


Food/Grocery Distribution Sites Offering Pre-packed Food Boxes


  • Allen Chapel AME Church on Fridays from 9:30am-12:00pm and the 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesdays at 8:30am-10:30 am at 2498 Alabama Ave SE


  • Bread for the City offering groceries to medical patients with urgent care needs at NW center from 8:30 am-12pm (SW center is closed). NW center is located at 1525 7th St NW #3201


  • Father McKenna Center on Mon-Thursday 1:30 – 4:00PM at 19 I St NW, Washington DC


  • LaSalle Backus Education Campus on Fridays 12:00pm-2:00pm at 501 Riggs Rd NE


  • Martha’s Table at The Commons offers shopping on site once a month for produce and pantry items on Mon-Friday from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, Tues 11:00 am – 6:00 pm at 2375 Elvans Rd SE


  • Martha’s Table Market at The Maycroft offers shopping on site once per month for fresh produce and pantry items on Mon-Friday from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at 1401 Columbia Rd NW


  • Urban Outreach on Thursdays and Saturdays, 10:00am-2:00pm at 5343 C St SE. Call (202) 575-4867 for more information. Leave a voicemail and someone will contact you.


Free Meals at Community Kitchens


Community kitchens will offer lunches for those in need of a meal and will operate out of the restaurants’ side doors.


  • American Eats Tavern, 12 – 5 pm daily at 3139 M St NW


  • Jaleo, 480 7th St NW (Penn Quarter)


  • Oyamel Cocina Mexicana, 401 7th St NW


  • Zaytinya, 701 9th St NW


Additional Free Take Out Meals for Specific Adult Populations Food industry workers:


  • Hook Hall, daily 6-8 pm at 3400 Georgia Ave NW (Family meals and care kits also available)




  • Medium Rare is delivering free meals to the isolated senior community who are 70+ in DC, email for information and to request a meal


Adult Meal Programs in the District Available During Covid-19


Updated March 20th, 2020


For more information on food assistance provided during the Coronavirus, go to the D.C. Food Policy Council website:


Hospital workers (with valid ID):

  • Rasa, free take-out meals for hospital team members and their families at 1247 First St SE


  • &Pizza, free pizza to hospital workers at Barracks Row, Chinatown, Dupont, E Street, H Street, Hotel Hive, K Street, U Street, Rayburn, Tenleytown, Potomac Yards (text 200-03 #Hero to obtain unique code)


Healthy Corner Discounts


To ensure that nutritious food is available in all DC neighborhoods, DC Central Kitchen’s Healthy Corners program is continuing operations and discounting fresh, whole fruits and vegetables up to 50%. Participating stores are below, and stores where you can get $5 for fresh produce when you use SNAP benefits are listed in bold.


A & S Grocery, 4748 Sheriff Road NE Anacostia Market, 1303 Good Hope Road SE
Ambo Market at 301 P ST NW Bodega Market, 1136 Florida Ave NE
BP Benning Marketplace, 4400 Benning Rd NE BP Blaire Gas Station, 7000 Blair Rd NW
Brookland Supermarket & Deli at 2815 7TH St NE Capitol Market, 2501 North Capitol St NE
Circle 7,1211 Mt.Olivet Road NE Crown Gas Station Florida Ave, 908 Florida Ave NW
DC Mini Mart, 1828 1st Street NW Dollar Plus Food Store (Penn Ave), 2529 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Dollar Plus Food Store (Bladensburg Rd.), 3182 Bladensburg Rd Dollar Plus Food Supermarket (Howard Rd.), 1453 Howard
NE Road SE
Economy Market, 1804 D St NE Elmira Grocery, 4401 South Capitol Street SW
Exxon Gas Station at 1601 New York Ave NE FlexCare Pharmacy, 3857 Alabama Ave SE
Fort Drum Market, 4868 MLK Jr. Ave SE G&G Grocery, 2924 Minnesota Ave SE
Good Food Market, 2006 Rhode Island Ave NE Grubb’s Southeast Pharmacy, 1800 MLK Jr Ave SE
Helen Mart, 4907 Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave NE Holiday Market, 3509 Wheeler Rd SE
Kwik Stop, 4801 Georgia Ave NW Langdon Market at 2409 Franklin St NE
Liff’s Market, 600 Alabama Ave SE Market 77, 3021 Georgia Ave NW
McKinley Market, 321 T Street NE Mellon Market, 2921 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE
Missouri Avenue Market, 5900 Georgia Ave NW MLK Mini Mart, 3333 MLK Jr. Ave SE
Neighborhood Market, 1611 Rhode Island Ave NE Newton Market, 3600 12th St NE
Night N Day 24 Hour Store, 5026 Benning Rd SE Northeast Supermarket, 1201 Mt Olivet Rd NE
Secrets of Nature, 3923 South Capitol St SW Shipley Super Market, 2283 Savannah Street, SE
Smiley Mart, 3019 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE Sonya’s Market, 2833 11th St NW
Starlight Food, 5424 5th St NW Sunbeam Market, 2324 North Capitol St NW
Texas Convenience Store, 4350 Texas Ave SE The Cupboard, 1504 East Capitol Street NE
T&G Grocery, 1727 North Capitol St NE Thomas & Sons Food Market 3425 Benning Rd NE
Toni’s Market, 5319 East Capitol Street SE Uptown Market, 2701 14th St NW
Wheeler Market, 4133 Wheeler Rd SE Z Mart, 1507 Kenilworth Ave NE


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Unemployment Insurance Benefit Provisions Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)




“The DC Centers Community Engagement team is here to help you with any questions. Contact: “

Expansion of Unemployment Insurance Benefits under the New CARES Act

The federal government recently passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act),
which includes an expansion of unemployment insurance benefits for District of Columbia workers.
While the CARES Act was signed into law by the President on March 27, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor
is still in the process of releasing corresponding guidance to provide states with operating, financial and
reporting instructions specific to the CARES Act of 2020 through the issuance of a series of Unemployment
Insurance Program Letters (UIPLs). Like most other states, the District’s Unemployment Insurance system is
currently being updated to enable processing of the new CARES Act programs.
A summary of the expanded unemployment insurance programs offered through the provisions of the CARES
Act is provided in the link below:

Expansion of Unemployment Insurance Benefits under the New CARES Act


“The DC Centers Community Engagement team is here to help you with any questions. Contact:

Center Global Asylees Face Extraordinary Pandemic Threats



Center Global participants live in a tenuous job, housing, and healthcare context. They are largely unqualified for federal supports during COVID-19, placing them in greater danger and despair.

Many have lost well-earned jobs and under increasing pressures to pay rent and living expenses as their work hours and job options evaporate in this pandemic economy.

On March 28th, Center Global and the DC Center launched the COVID-19 Emergency Support Program. We created it to a) establish a fund to assist with COVID-19-related expenses and b) reach out and check on our participants’ wellbeing. 

In less than a week, we received 25 applications with requests of over $16K for help with rent, medical expenses, food, and transportation.

We’ve been able to support approximately 60% of our immediate requests, realizing more will arrive as the virus’s impacts spread. Experts warn DC will be the next virus hot spot.

Now’s your chance to help!

Through our generous supporters and volunteers, we’ve been fortunate to cover some of our participants’ needs—yet there’s an urgent need to close the financial gap.

Online or By Mail

We welcome your contributions to the COVID-19 Support Fund. You can make a tax-deductible contribution by visiting you can send a check to: Center Global, 2000 14th St., NW., Suite 105, Washington, DC  20009 (please write “Center Global COVID-19” in the memo line).


With your help, we can guide our participants through this pandemic. To learn more about Center Global’s COVID-19 response, please email Geoffrey Louden, vice chair at


Thank you and best wishes for your health and safety.

Tom Sommers, Geoffrey Louden, Don Driver

Executive Leadership Committee

Tom Sommers                                                                 Geoffrey Louden

COVID-19 Know Your Rights PT2



I received a shut-off notice for my utilities. Will my utilities be shut off during this
 Answer: On March 17th, the DC Council passed emergency legislation, the
COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act of 2020. As a result, the electric,
gas and water companies cannot disconnect utilities for non-payment of a bill or
fee during a public health emergency and for 15 calendar days after the
emergency is declared over.

 I have an eviction hearing scheduled. What should I do?
 Answer: To address coronavirus concerns, DC Superior Court issued an order on
March 16, 2020th stating that all non-priority matters scheduled before May 1,
2020 will be rescheduled and new dates will be set. This means that all evictions
and foreclosures (as well as other court matters) on or before May 1st are
stopped and court hearings for such matters like landlord tenant, debt
collection, mortgage foreclosure, and housing court will be continued and
parties should not come to court until you receive a new date. Consult for more information.

 Can my landlord charge me late fees if my rent is late?
 Answer: On March 17th, the DC Council passed emergency legislation, the
COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act of 2020, as a result, landlords
may not impose a late fee on a tenant during any month for which a public
health emergency has been declared.

 Are DC homeless shelters still open during this emergency?
 Answer: Yes. Shelters are still operational. If you need transportation to a
homeless shelter, please call (202) 399-7093 or 311.
 DV shelters are open but most services have switched to call-in services only. For
DV shelter and other services, please contact the DC Victim Hotline at 1-844-443-
5732 or access the online chat at

• How will DHS determine eligibility during this time?

 Answer: The DC Council passed emergency legislation, the COVID-19 Response
Emergency Amendment Act of 2020, which allows the Department of Human
Services (DHS) to place families seeking shelter in a short-term shelter placement
for 60 days, in the event DHS cannot determine a family’s eligibility on the same
day they seek services. It also allows the Mayor to extend the placement through
the end of the public health emergency.

 What will happen if my benefits expire during this public health emergency?
 Answer: DHS has stated in its COVID-19 status report that customers who
receive SNAP, TANF, Medicaid, Alliance and other public benefits do not need to
take any action to continue to receive benefits that would expire on March 31st
or April 30. Please visit if you are filing a new application or visit a
Service Center.




 What will happen if my benefits expire during this public health emergency?
 Answer: DHS has stated in its COVID-19 status report that customers who
receive SNAP, TANF, Medicaid, Alliance and other public benefits do not need to
take any action to continue to receive benefits that would expire on March 31st
or April 30. Your benefits will not expire until further notice. Please visit if you are filing a new application or visit a Service Center.

 I don’t have public benefits. How do I apply for public benefits like SNAP?
 Answer: For new applications for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
(SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Medicaid, Alliance, or
other public benefits, please visit, You can currently apply online for
most public benefits. Residents with questions about their benefits should
contact the Call Center at (202) 727-5355 from 7:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

 Due to the public health crisis, I’m unable to work. What benefits are available for
workers dealing with staffing changes?
 Answer: On March 17th, the DC Council passed emergency legislation, the
COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act of 2020. As a result,
unemployment compensation benefits have been expanded to help even more
workers who become fully or partially unemployed due to the COVID-19 crisis.
 This includes job losses from: Quarantine or self-quarantine of a worker; closures
as required by the Mayor or health department; and/or voluntary quit by a
worker whose employer fails to follow a public safety order of the Mayor or
health department.

 How do I apply for unemployment benefits? Do I need documentation when applying?
 Answer: To apply for unemployment compensation in DC, contact the DC
Department of Employment Services at (202) 724-7000 or online at
 Any worker who experiences COVID-19 related job loss or loss of income should
attempt to document the job loss to the best of their ability – for example, with
a doctor’s note, written guidance from the Mayor or health department, or

email or letter from their employer describing the lay-off or temporary shut-
down of the workplace.

 My unemployment insurance application was denied. What can I do?
 Answer: If you are denied unemployment compensation in DC, you have a right
to appeal this decision within 15 days by filing a hearing request. Contact the DC
Office of Administrative Hearings at (202) 442-9094 or
 If you are wrongfully denied unemployment compensation in DC, contact our
partners at Legal Aid at (202) 628-1161 or by completing an online intake to
apply for free legal help.

 Due to the schools being closed, I’m worried about feeding my children. Where can we
find additional food resources?
 Answer: DC Public Schools has meal sites across the city and is available for all
students and other families in need. You can go to the site that is closest to you,
even if your child does not attend that school. Updated location sites for
students and seniors can be found here:

 What other food and basic necessities resources are available during the public health
 Answer: Martha’s Table, in partnership with DC Health and Capital Area Food
Bank, is offering pre-bagged groceries (fresh fruits and veggies) at D.C. Public

School & D.C. Public Charter School sites located in Ward 7 and 8. To see up-to-
date information on Grab and Go sites across the District, visit our friends at DC

Hunger Solutions:




 My civil protection order ends or expires soon. Can I get an extension or more time?
Answer: Any existing CPO is good through May 15, 2020 or the next assigned
court date. If the courts are still closed on May 1st, you can call the Courthouse
or DC Victim Hotline at 1-844-4HELPDC (1-844-443-5732) for assistance.

 My CPO trial is scheduled in two weeks. Do I still need to go?

Answer: The courts will not hold any hearings until they open back up. All CPO
cases with a trial or hearing before May 15th will be rescheduled.

 I need a temporary protection order. How do I get one?

Answer: During Court hours, 8:30am—5:00pm, you can file a temporary
protection order petition through DC Superior Court’s portal at Once you fill out the form and submit it
electronically, you should then contact the Clerk’s office by phone at (202) 879-
0157 or by email at to complete the
filing process.
A Domestic Violence Unit Clerk and a DV Unit Judge will review the request for
imminent risk. They will contact DC SAFE to complete the process with the
survivor as described in the ETPO court directive.
If you need a temporary protection order after hours, on weekends or holidays,
call 911 or the DC Victim hotline at 1-844-4HELPDC (1-844-443-5732) to speak
with an advocate.

 My abuser was arrested for domestic violence and is still in jail. What happens now?
Answer: To request information about a person who was arrested you can call
the Department’s Records Office at (202) 523-7060. If you are a victim, you can
register to receive automated updates on your phone or email about a person
who was convicted of a crime by calling VINE (Victim Information & Notification
Everyday) at 1 (877) 329-7894.

 I am supposed to do custody exchanges at the Supervised Visitation Center (SVC).
What do I do now if the SVC is closed?
Answer: For now, the Supervised Visitation Center is not supervising any parent
child visitation or conducting any visitation exchanges. To confirm whether the
visitation center is still closed you can call them at (202) 879-4253. Please note
that the child care center at DC Superior Court is also closed until further notice.

 I have a CPO against me and my abuser is telling me to bring the kids to them. Can I
ignore the CPO and go near my abuser?
Answer: A Temporary Civil Protection Order or any other court issued Custody
Order should say what you and can and can’t do. You should make decisions
based on the order, not what the other person is telling you. If the order says
you cannot go near them, do not take the kids to them. If you have questions,
you can call the DV Clerk’s Office at (202) 879-0157 or speak to an attorney at
one of the call-in clinics.

 Where do I go if I want to file for custody?

Answer: Please note that the court is limiting the matters it will hear before May
15th, 2020. Before that time, the court will only hear emergency matters in
Family Court. All trials and non‐emergency motions in Domestic Relations, and
scheduled before May 15, 2020 are continued and the court will set a new date
and notify the parties. You can call the courthouse at (202) 879-1010 for more
information. Due to limited staff, wait times may be longer than usual.

 Where do I make emergency filings and what are the filing fees?

Answer: Emergency filings should be made at the Central Intake Center.
However, due to limited capacity and changing information, you should call the
Courthouse at (202) 879-1010 for up to date information. All fees are due at
time of filing. You will have to pay a $80.00 filing fee before the Clerk gives you
the copy of the complaint and summons to serve on each defendant. All filing
fees must be paid by cash, money order, cashier’s check, or credit card
(Mastercard or VISA only).

 What if I cannot afford the fees to file documents?

Answer: If paying the filing fees will cause a hardship to you or your family, you
can request a fee waiver to ask the Court to allow you to file without paying
fees.To request a fee waiver, you must submit an “In Forma Pauperis” form (also
called an “IFP”) to the Court. If you receive Temporary Assistance for Needy
Families (TANF) or other public benefits and can provide documentation showing
this, you may receive a fee waiver without having to provide additional
information. Otherwise, you may have to provide information about your
income, assets, and expenses.
Your IFP waiver request will have to be approved by the Judge in
Chambers (temporarily located in the Moultrie Courthouse, Room JM 540).


The above information was sourced in full from DC Coliation Against Domestic Violence.

For the latest information on the District Government’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus),
please visit

COVID-19 : Know Your Rights

Helpful resources created by Legal Aid Society of DC


  • The Office of the Tenant Advocate can be contacted here or by calling (202) 719-6560.

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Free Legal Advice / Assistance

DCVLP has opened up a call-in legal clinic from 9am – 5pm every day for individuals with immigration or family law questions. We know there are a lot of people in the LGBTQ community that are struggling with the uncertainty right now, so we want to make sure everyone has a quick resource to get the legal advice they need. Call 202-425-7573 or email