Man tests positive for monkeypox, COVID and HIV at the same time


Researchers in Italy have reported the first known case of someone testing positive for monkeypox, COVID-19 and HIV at the same time. All three infections were new and followed a short trip to Spain.

The patient, a 36-year-old Italian man, developed a fever, sore throat, fatigue, headache and inflammation of the groin area about 9 days after returning from a 5-day trip to Spain, during which he had sex with men without a condom.

The man tested positive for coronavirus 3 days after symptoms appeared, according to a case report published in the Journal of Infection. The man also suffered from COVID-19 in January, which came just weeks after his vaccination.

Within hours of testing positive for coronavirus, a rash appeared on his left arm and blisters spread across his body over the next few days, prompting him to go to the emergency room at a hospital in Catania, an east coast city. from Sicily.

A battery of tests conducted at the hospital were positive for monkeypox, COVID-19 and HIV. The HIV test showed a high viral load (234,000 copies/ml) and his preserved CD4 count, along with a negative test from less than a year ago, indicates that he was recently infected.

The patient was discharged from the hospital after almost a week and recovered from COVID-19 and monkey pox, although a small scar remained.

“This case highlights how the symptoms of monkeypox and COVID-19 may overlap, and confirms how in the case of co-infection, anamnestic collection and sexual habits are crucial to make the correct diagnosis,” the researchers from the University of Amsterdam said. Catania in their case report.

“Note: Monkeypox’s oropharyngeal swab was still positive after 20 days, suggesting that these individuals may still be contagious for several days after clinical remission,” the report said. “Therefore, doctors should encourage appropriate precautions.”

The researchers added: “As this is the only reported case of monkeypox virus, SARS-CoV-2 and HIV co-infection, there is still not enough evidence that this combination can worsen the patient’s condition. Given the current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and the daily increase in monkey pox cases, healthcare systems need to be aware of this possibility.”

The man’s skin lesions caused by monkeypox Journal of Infection

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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