Man Tests Positive For HIV, COVID & Monkeypox At Same Time

A 36-year-old Italian man tested positive for monkeypox, COVID-19 and HIV simultaneously after a five-day trip to Spain.
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A 36-year-old Italian man tested positive for monkeypox, COVID-19 and HIV simultaneously after a five-day trip to Spain.

This is believed to be the first known instance of a person testing positive for all three diseases at the same time.

Nine days after he returned home he experienced symptoms ranging from fever, a sore throat, fatigue, headache, and a rash on his left arm.

After going to the hospital for treatment, his HIV test indicated that he had a high viral load. After about a week in the hospital he recovered from both monkeypox and coronavirus.

Related: HHS To Make 1.8 Million Monkeypox Vaccine Doses Available

According to the World Health Organization, more than 35,000 cases of monkeypox have been reported across 92 countries and territories as of August 17 that have claimed 12 lives.

In related news, WHO announced on Thursday the number of monkeypox cases reported globally dropped by 21 percent in the last week, reversing a month-long trend of rising infections.