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Siberian man 'catches HIV from a fight'

By The Siberian Times reporter
21 November 2013

A 60 year old man has been diagnosed with the infection after a street brawl led to bloody wounds.

'It only happened once in Russia that someone was infected with HIV as a result of a fight'. Picture: Boris Skok, The Siberian Times

'It is the rarest case of 'catching' HIV we've ever observed,' said  Tyumen Regional Anti-AIDS Centre. 'Overall in Russia it only happened once before that someone was infected with it as a result of a fight.'

The unnamed man was rushed to hospital with broken ribs and multiple open wounds after getting into the fight. He was treated and discharged. 

Two weeks later he returned with a series of medical complaints about his worsening health and blood tests appeared to show that he was HIV positive. 

'He was passed back to us after laboratory test results suggested HIV; our centre tests confirmed the diagnosis,' said a spokesman.

'We were lucky to be able to trace his attacker, who happened to be an HIV positive man.'

Both men are now being treated. 

Comments (1)

er how can they be sure it actually happened because of the fight?
JO, NZ
22/11/2013 10:01
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