LUCKNOW: A 34-year-old HIV positive man who successfully defeated Covid-19 was discharged from King George's Medical University (KGMU) on Monday after his two consecutive tests for novel coronavirus came negative.
The patient was delivered to the Triage area of Trauma centre on May 16 after sustaining head injuries during a road traffic accident while he was getting to Delhi from Gonda. The patient during treatment told doctors that he's HIV positive. As per the protocol, he was tested for Covid-19 and located positive for it also and shifted to isolation ward and recovered in nine days.
Vice-Chancellor KGMU professor MLB Bhatt said, "It was our first case wherein patient carried both HIV and novel coronavirus infections. Since HIV positive have low immunity, recovery had come as an ethical booster for doctors."
"The patient had concussion caused by a blow to the top . He was examined by the neurosurgery team regularly and given medicines to scale back pressure on the brain thanks to accumulation of fluids," said in-charge communicable disease unit KGMU Dr Himanshu.
"There was no got to take extra precautions for HIV because all the steps taken for novel coronavirus were enough. We continued his antiretroviral therapy to stay viral load of HIV virus low and continue the T cell count that are liable for better functioning of system . Simultaneously, we gave symptomatic treatment for Covid-19," he added.
"It is just too early to draw any conclusions that due to antiretroviral treatment recovery of the patient from Covid-19 was quick because both are different in nature," he said.
The patient has been advised 14-day home quarantine then come for follow up when he will tested again.