Italian Man Becomes First Person Infected With HIV, Monkeypox, And COVID At The Same Time

Posted August 23, 2022 by with 11 comments

It’s believed to be the first reported case of someone co-infected with all three viruses simultaneously, and it happened after the 36-year-old man had unprotected gay sex in Spain. Via BNO:

The patient, a 36-year-old Italian man, developed fever, a sore throat, fatigue, headache, and an 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 the 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 being vaccinated.

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

A series of tests taken in the hospital came back 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 less than a year ago, indicates that he was recently infected.

The patient was released from hospital after nearly a week and recovered from COVID-19 and monkeypox, although a small scar remained.

“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 researchers, from the University of Catania, said in their case report.