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Man Tests Positive for Monkeypox, Covid-19 and HIV After Spain Trip

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  • 36 year old tests positive to COVID-19 and Monkeypox and HIV at once.
  • The infected man had travelled to Spain in June.
  • Symptoms presented nine days after returning from spain.

For the first time ever, an individual from Italy tested positive for COVID-19 and Monkeypox and HIV at once.

Experts pointed out that this is the first known co-infection case of the 3 viruses and it is yet to be understood whether the combination may aggravate the patient’s condition. The man had visited Spain for a five-day trip between June 16 and June 20, during which he engaged in unprotected sex.

As per reports, the patient developed fever, a sore throat, fatigue, headache and inflammation of the groin area about nine days after returning from a five-day trip to Spain. The man tested positive for coronavirus three days after the symptoms appeared.

He also developed severe skin rashes on the face and other body parts, followed by the formation of pustules. Given the severity of the condition, the man then visited a hospital’s emergency department, where he was subsequently referred to the infectious disease unit for admission.

On being subjected to tests it was learnt that his samples presented H1N1 virus. Subsequently genome sequencing revealed he was infected with the Omicron sub-variant BA.5.1 as well.

The patient recuperated in a week and was discharged, researchers added.

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