A 36-year-old man is the first to test positive for monkeypox, Covid and HIV at the SAME time
A MAN in Italy has become the first person in the world to test positive for monkeypox, coronavirus and HIV at the same time, scientists claim.
Researchers from the University of Catania say the 36-year-old tested positive for all three infections following a trip to Spain earlier this year.
The man, who has not been identified, was suffering from fever, sore throat, fatigue, headache and inflammation in the groin.
In total, the man spent five days in Spain from June 16 to 20, during which he admitted having had unprotected sex with men.
According to a case report published in the Journal of Infection, he tested positive for coronavirus on July 2 – three days after first feeling symptoms.
On the same day, he began to develop a rash on his left arm before developing small painful blisters on the man’s torso, lower limbs, face and buttocks.
Blisters also appeared on her body in the following days.
On July 5, the man was admitted to the emergency room of San Marco University Hospital in Catania, Italy, before being transferred to the infectious diseases unit.
There he was tested for monkeypox where he returned a positive result.
He was also screened for several STIs and tested positive for HIV-1.
The researchers concluded that “given his preserved CD4 count, we could assume that the infection was relatively recent”.
They also revealed that the patient had previously taken an HIV test in September 2021, which returned a negative result.
A week later (July 11), after recovering from both monkeypox and coronavirus, the man was discharged from hospital where he was told to self-isolate.
Researchers confirmed that his skin lesions had healed and crusted over, leaving only a scar.
The university’s report said: ‘This case highlights how symptoms of monkeypox and Covid-19 may overlap, and corroborates how, when co-infected, anamnestic collection and sexual habits are crucial for making the correct diagnosis.
Of note, the monkeypox oropharyngeal swab was still positive after 20 days, suggesting that these individuals may still be infectious for several days after clinical remission.
“Therefore, physicians should encourage appropriate precautions.”
They added: “As this is the only reported case of co-infection with monkeypox virus, SARS-CoV-2 and HIV, there is still insufficient evidence to support that this combination can worsen the condition. patient’s condition.
“Given the current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and the daily increase in monkeypox cases, healthcare systems need to be aware of this possibility.”
The latest development comes as the bug has spread across the world with more than 41,000 cases of the disease reported in 94 countries, according to recent data from the World Health Organization (WHO).
The insect spreads primarily through skin-to-skin contact and can also spread from respiratory droplets.
And so far, doctors believe the virus continues to be transmitted primarily through the interconnected sexual networks of gay men, bisexuals, or men who have sex with men.
Some new cases that may be travel-related continue to be identified, they add.
“WEEKS OF MISERY”
Last month a man, who had covid and monkeypox at the same time, described how his symptoms left him bedridden.
Mitcho Thompson, from California, said he started noticing red sores on his body shortly after testing positive for Covid.
He explains how he discovered lesions on his body in the legs, arms, back and neck.
He also noted that he felt “really sick” and said “the worst” was when he could “barely” get out of bed or drink a glass of water.
Mitcho called the time he was sick “weeks of misery” because he felt like he had a really bad flu.
Dr Dean Winslow, professor of medicine at Stanford University, speaking on the case at the time, said catching Covid at the same time as monkeypox is very rare but possible.
The infectious disease specialist told NBC Bay Area: “It’s certainly not impossible for this to happen.
“It’s just unbelievably bad luck. They’re very different viruses.”