Man tests positive for Monkeypox, Covid-19 and HIV.
Medical researchers reports indicates a man tests positive for monkeypox, Covid- 19 and HIV .
The man , 36 years old from Italy first experienced symptoms of fatigue, fever, and a sore throat. This is after he returned from a trip in Spain around June 2022.
He afterwards developed a rash on his left arm, small painful vesicles characterized by a rash appeared on the man’s torso, lower limbs, face and glutes.
The symptoms got worse with the vesicles getting bigger and the rash spreading. This prompted him to seek emergency treatment at a hospital in Catania, where he was isolated to the infectious unit.
The patient admitted to having engaged in unprotected sex with men while in Spain, this prompted a HIV test. The man tested positive for HIV- 1.
A series of sexual transmitted diseases test was thereafter conducted on him.
Tests for monkey pox and covid-19 were also positive. The man was admitted but later discharged to go do a home quarantine.
The researchers report stated,”This case highlights how monkeypox and Covid-19 symptoms may overlap, and corroborates how in case of co-infection, anamnestic collection and sexual habits are crucial to perform the correct diagnosis.”
The report also said,”To note, the monkeypox oropharyngeal swab was still positive after 20 days, suggesting that these individual may still be contagious for several days after clinical remission. Consequently, physicians should encourage appropriate precautions.”
The reported further noted,”As this is the only reported case of monkeypox virus, SARS-CoV-2 and HIV co-infection, there is still not enough evidence supporting that this combination may aggravate patient’s condition.”
The report also cautioned the health care providers to be on the look out.
The report stated,”Given the current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and the daily increase of monkeypox cases, healthcare systems must be aware of this eventuality.”