‘I can’t believe my eyes’: A young man from South Australia has become the first person to be diagnosed with HIV after a ‘cocaine binge’
A young South Australian man is the first Australian to be officially diagnosed with the deadly disease following a cocaine binge.
The 19-year-old, who has not been named, was diagnosed with Hepatitis C in November after being on a month-long cocaine binge that ended in November.
He had previously tested positive for HIV two months earlier.
His mother and stepfather are now being investigated for possible child endangerment charges.
Dr Andrew Broughton, chief executive of Australia’s HIV Coalition, said he was very proud of the young man.
“It’s great that he has made the journey out of his family’s poverty to become a doctor,” Dr Broughson said.
“(It) is an example of the power of education, and the ability of young people to learn from the experiences of others.”
Dr Broughston said the young woman was doing well in her treatment and was being monitored closely.
Mr Gidley said he did not want to be named as his condition had not been disclosed publicly.
A spokeswoman for the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) said the agency had received the young patient’s consent.
She said the patient had been given permission to speak with family and friends about her condition.
I’m not going to discuss her condition or her medication because I don’t want to harm her, Dr Gidson said, but he hoped to raise awareness.
Hepatitis A is caused by a virus known as HIV.
It is transmitted through contact with blood, sweat and urine and can lead to life-threatening complications, including kidney failure.
Doctors said the number of people with the disease had risen by more than 1.5 million over the past decade.
People with the virus can infect up to eight others, but many survive without the virus spreading.
They are usually diagnosed after an HIV test results negative, but in many cases a negative test can indicate that the person has HIV.HIV can be contracted through contact, but is not spread through sexual activity.
Dr Boughton said the use of condoms was key.
However, he said there were cases of HIV being passed on from person to person.
This was because many people infected by HIV are using the same condom as someone else.
”It is extremely unlikely that someone who is not infected with HIV will transmit it,” he said.
Dr Gidton said there was still much work to be done in preventing HIV from being passed to others.
In addition to a focus on prevention, there was also a need to tackle the stigma associated with HIV and its treatment.
We need to raise public awareness and put a spotlight on the health challenges associated with this disease, Dr Boughson said in a statement.
More to come.