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Coronavirus in india : HIV medicines used for treating patient in kerala


HIV medicines used for treating patient in Keralaoronavirus outbreak in the country, doctors in Kerala have started using medicines meant for treating HIV patients on Covid-19 positive patients. Ritonavir, Lopinavir, medicines which are used in HIV treatment are now being used for a Covid-19 patient in Kalamassery Medical College, Ernakulam.

A treatment under the modified protocol began on Wednesday evening by giving these medicines to a British national who is being treated in the isolation ward ICU in the hospital. The treatment was started after taking consent from the patient.


Doctors in Rajasthan had, in consultation with the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR), for the first time in India, followed a unique line of treatment, combining Lopinavir/Ritonavir, drugs usually given as a second line of treatment for HIV, with drugs meant for curing Malaria and Swine Flu, to cure a patient, an Italian lady, of Coronavirus.


Two Italian patients, a couple admitted at the Sawai Man Singh (SMS) hospital in Jaipur was administered this line of treatment.

Rohit Kumar Singh, Additional Chief Secretary, Health ministry, Rajasthan, while speaking with India Today TV, mentioned that there has been no side effect of this treatment.

70-year-old Italian lady, wife of the 69-year-old man from Italy, has been cured of coronavirus following this line of treatment. Her husband’s viral load has gone down but he is still positive.