Annals of African Medicine

CASE REPORT
Year
: 2009  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 192--195

HIV-associated neurosyphilis: Report of a fatal case due to fear of work-place stigma


AK Salami1, MB Isa2 
1 Department of Medicine, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, Ilorin-Kwara State, Nigeria
2 Department of Medicine, Federal Medical Centre, Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria

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A K Salami
PO BOX 4470, Ilorin, Kwara State
Nigeria

Syphilis and HIV infection are two STI diseases that have bidirectional influence on the clinical course of each other. There is a high risk of neurological extension if syphilis is not diagnosed early or if the patient has a co-infection with HIV. Both diseases have stigma associated with them and could affect the compliance to treatment, as was the case with this young employee of the medical department of a Nigerian tertiary hospital. He was diagnosed with HIV/ neurosyphilis co-infection and responded to penicillin therapy, but the fear of stigma at his workplace has made him to abandon hospital treatment for unorthodox therapy, which unfortunately cost him his life.


How to cite this article:
Salami A K, Isa M B. HIV-associated neurosyphilis: Report of a fatal case due to fear of work-place stigma.Ann Afr Med 2009;8:192-195


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Salami A K, Isa M B. HIV-associated neurosyphilis: Report of a fatal case due to fear of work-place stigma. Ann Afr Med [serial online] 2009 [cited 2022 Aug 17 ];8:192-195
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