A man was diagnosed with monkeypox, COVID-19 and HIV at the same time
An Italian is believed to be the first person to contract monkeypox, COVID-19 and HIV at the same time.
Experts say it is very rare to get COVID and monkeypox at the same time, and there are no known documented cases of someone being infected with all three infections simultaneously.
The 36-year-old Italian recently returned from a five-day trip to Spain in June 2022, according to the study published in The Guardian. Infection Diary.
More than a week after his return, he developed symptoms including fever, sore throat and headache. He also started noticing an unusual rash on his arm and body.
After being taken to an Italian hospital, he was diagnosed with both COVID-19 and monkeypox. Additional tests also revealed the presence of HIV. It is not known exactly when he contracted each of the viruses, but it is believed to have been in relatively recent times for all three viruses.
The study authors say the man was also treated for syphilis in 2019. He was vaccinated against COVID-19 and had already contracted the virus in January 2022.
He was cured of monkeypox and COVID and will need to be on lifelong antiretroviral treatment for HIV.
The study authors say the case provides a lesson to doctors and healthcare workers that they should test more than one virus for a symptomatic patient. The authors said there was not yet enough evidence to say whether infection with all three viruses at once worsens the patient’s condition.
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