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From Fenway Institute: Facts on Monkeypox



Thanks to Jim Pickett and Sean Cahill for sharing the fact sheet on monkeypox prepared by The Fenway Institute. Below are some questions and answers provided by the fact sheet.


Why is monkeypox suddenly in the news?
In May 2022 about 200 verified and suspected cases of monkeypox were reported in Europe, North America, Israel, and Australia. All but one case occurred among men, and many were among gay and bisexual men. No one is known to have died in the current outbreak.
What does monkeypox have to do with gay and bisexual men and other MSM?
The current outbreak of monkeypox in Europe and North America appears to be related to two raves held recently in Spain and Belgium and attended primarily by gay men, according to David Heymann, Professor of Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and an advisor to the World Health Organization. The virus was likely transmitted via sexual contact, Heymann theorized. However, as sexual contact involves close physical contact, distinguishing between the two in terms of contribution to transmission would be difficult. The CDC subsequently issued an alert during the May 23 media briefing warning gay and bisexual men that the virus appears to be spreading in the community globally.
Is monkeypox a gay disease?
No. Monkeypox appears to be spreading now among some sexual and social networks of gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men (MSM). However, there is no such thing as a gay disease. Viruses and bacteria can and do infect anyone regardless of sexual orientation. It is also not a sexually transmitted infection. Instead, it is spread through close contact, as previously described. Anyone can get monkeypox, including heterosexual people, women, transgender and nonbinary people, and others.

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