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Introduction Despite a higher risk of severe COVID-19 disease in individuals with HIV, the interactions between SARS-CoV-2 and HIV infections remain unclear. To delineate these interactions, multicentre Electronic Health Records (EHR) hold existing promise to provide fullspectrum and longitudinal clinical data, demographics and sociobehavioural data at individual level. Presently, a comprehensive EHR-based cohort for the HIV/SARS-CoV-2 coinfection has not been established; EHR integration and data mining methods tailored for studying the coinfection are urgently needed yet remain underdeveloped. Methods and analysis The overarching goal of this exploratory/developmental study is to establish an EHR-based cohort for individuals with HIV/SARS-CoV-2 coinfection and perform large-scale EHR-based data mining to examine the interactions between HIV and SARSCoV-2 infections and systematically identify and validate factors contributing to the severe clinical course of the coinfection. We will use a nationwide EHR database in the USA, namely, National COVID Cohort Collaborative (N3C). Ultimately, collected clinical evidence will be implemented and used to pilot test a clinical decision support prototype to assist providers in screening and referral of at-risk patients in real-world clinics. Ethics and dissemination The study was approved by the institutional review boards at the University of South Carolina (Pro00121828) as non-human subject study. Study findings will be presented at academic conferences and published in peer-reviewed journals. This study will disseminate urgently needed clinical evidence for guiding clinical practice for individuals with the coinfection at Prisma Health, a healthcare system in collaboration.

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Liang, C., Weissman, S., Olatosi, B., Poon, E. G., Yarrington, M. E., & Li, X. (2022). Curating a knowledge base for individuals with coinfection of HIV and SARS-CoV-2: a study protocol of EHR-based data mining and clinical implementation. BMJ Open, 12(9), e067204.