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Man in Italy tested positive for monkeypox, Covid, HIV all at once – report

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According to media reports, the first such case occurred when a 36-year-old man in Italy tested positive for monkeypox, Covid-19, and HIV all at the same time.

According to the Daily Mail, this is the first known case of a person testing positive for all of these viruses at the same time.

Nine days after returning from a trip to Spain earlier this year, the man began to experience a slew of symptoms, including fatigue, fever, and a sore throat.

From June 16 to June 20, he was in Spain for five days and admitted to having unprotected sex with men. According to a case study report published in the Journal of Infection on July 2, the man tested positive for Covid-19.

On the afternoon of the same day, a rash appeared on his left arm. The next day, small, painful vesicles surrounded by a rash appeared on his torso, lower limbs, face, and glutes, according to the report.

The vesicles had spread and evolved into pustules (small bumps on the skin) by July 5, at which point the man went to the emergency department at San Marco University Hospital in Catania, Italy, and was later transferred to the Infectious Diseases unit. He was tested for monkeypox there, and the results were positive.

The patient was also tested for a variety of STIs. He tested positive for HIV-1, according to the researchers.  “given his preserved CD4 count, we could assume that the infection was relatively recent”.

On July 11, the patient was discharged from the hospital and sent home to isolate after recovering from Covid-19 and monkeypox. His skin lesions had healed by this point, after crusting over and leaving a small scar.

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