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

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

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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DOI: 10.4103/1596-3519.57248

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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.

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