Man tests positive for COVID, HIV and monkeypox

Man tests positive for COVID, HIV and monkeypox

A 36-year-old Italian man is the first person in the world to be tested positive for monkeypox, HIV and the coronavirus simultaneously. According to researchers at the University of Catania in Italy, the diagnosis occurred after returning from a trip to Spain. The patient stated that she had unprotected sex with men.

The case report was published in the journal Infection. The patient had a fever, sore throat, headache and sore throat after returning from a trip to Spain that took place between 16 and 20 June. According to the medical journal, the man tested positive for Covid-19 on July 2, three days after the first symptoms appeared. On the same date he got the result, he started feeling itchy in his left arm and days later noticed small blisters on his chest, legs, face and buttocks.

In the following days, the lesions increased, and on 5/7 the patient went to the emergency department of the University Hospital of Catania. There, he obtained the positive result for monkeypox (monkeypox). On the same occasion, when other tests were performed to determine the possibility of contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs), the man discovered that he was also a carrier of HIV.

Hospital staff noted that the number of lymphocytes (defense cells) of the patient is still at a sufficient level, since this assumption is made that HIV infection was relatively recent. They also revealed that the patient was tested for the virus in September 2021 and the result was negative.

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The patient was discharged from the hospital on 7/11 and was ordered to end the isolation period at home.

Health professionals have warned that symptoms of monkeypox and Covid-19 can overlap, so it is important that sexual habits are taken into account during anamnesis to make the correct diagnosis. The team also added that this is the only recorded case of triple contamination with Covid, HIV and monkeypox.

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