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Monkeypox can be spread by sexual contact, though it’s not a sexually transmitted infection

Although monkeypox can be transmitted sexually, it is not a sexually transmitted infection.

Key Takeaways:

  • Monkeypox is not a sexually transmitted disease that only affects guys who have intercourse with other men, according to a WHO official.
  • Scientists are trying to figure out how monkeypox is spreading in locations where it isn’t commonly seen, according to recent occurrences around the world.
  • Antiviral drugs are being developed to protect monkeypox against smallpox, a related illness.

To combat stigma and discrimination, a World Health Organization (WHO) official stressed Monday that monkeypox is not a sexually transmitted sickness that only affects men who have sex with other men.

While the world is seeing some cases among that population, Andy Seale, an adviser to the World Health Organization’s Global HIV, Hepatitis, and STIs programs, stated that anyone could catch monkeypox through close contact with an infected person.

“It appears that this is connected to close contact.” This might be through social interaction, possibly sexual contact, which is close touch (but) we’re still in the early stages of this outbreak, so there’s a lot we don’t know,” Seale said during a virtual question-and-answer session.

“While there are some cases among males who have sex with men, this is not a gay disease, as some on social media have attempted to name it.” Monkeypox can be contracted through intimate touch by anyone.”

Seale also reminded the globe that monkeypox is not a sexually transmitted disease.

“A cough or cold can be contracted through sexual intercourse, but it is not a sexually transmitted disease.” To spread the disease, you usually need an exchange of vaginal fluids or sperm with a contagious component,” he explained.

“The distinction is that sexual intercourse, anal intercourse, vaginal intercourse, or oral sex causes a sexually transmitted infection.”

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Recent occurrences of monkeypox around the world have scientists trying to figure out how the virus is spreading in places where it isn’t often seen. Monkeypox is mostly seen in endemic areas of Africa.

In Canada, at least 5 cases have been confirmed, with investigators seeking to find more.

On Friday, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s senior public health officer, said that a “few dozen” patients in the country were being investigated for monkeypox.

What exactly is monkeypox?

Monkeypox is an orthopox virus that usually spreads from animals to people. Fever, chills, rash, and also sores on the face or genitals are common symptoms.

It can be transmitted to humans through close contact with an infected person, clothing, or bedsheets, but no evidence of sexual transmission has been found.

Monkeypox usually clears up in a few weeks without requiring hospitalization. Vaccines can prevent monkeypox against smallpox, a similar illness, and antiviral medications are being developed.

Dr. David Heymann, former chief of the WHO’s emergency department, told The Associated Press that the dominant reason for the recent outbreak of monkeypox in Europe is sexual contact between males who had sex with men at two raves in Spain and Belgium.

“It’s possible that someone became infected, acquired sores on their genitals, hands, or elsewhere, and then transferred it to others through sexual or close physical contact,” Heymann added.

“And then those international events spread the outbreak worldwide, even into the United States and other European countries.”

As cases of monkeypox were discovered among males who had sex with men, health experts warned the public not to jump to conclusions because monkeypox does not affect only one group.

Although monkeypox can be transmitted sexually, it is not a sexually transmitted infection.
Although monkeypox can be transmitted sexually, it is not a sexually transmitted infection. mage from CNBC

“The group of guys who have sex with males has been traditionally very stigmatized about a virus infection,” Angela Rasmussen, a virologist from the University of Saskatchewan’s Vaccine as well as Infectious Disease Organization, told Global News on Thursday.

According to Dr. Rosamund Lewis, director smallpox secretariat with the WHO Emergencies Programme, health experts have been describing what they’ve learned as they investigate monkeypox, and it’s not designed to prejudice one population.

“It’s not about prejudice or stigma,” she said on Monday, “it’s about where you’re seeing the initial cases.”

“How is it expanding now, and where is it spreading?” During an outbreak inquiry, we ask ourselves these questions.”

The WHO has reported over 90 cases of monkeypox in a dozen countries, including the United Kingdom, Spain, Israel, France, Switzerland, the United States, and Australia.

Monkeypox may be contained in industrialized nations with advanced health-care systems, according to Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO technical lead for COVID-19.

“However, we can’t take our gaze away from what’s going on in Africa and endemic nations,” she remarked on Monday.

“So this provides us a chance to talk about what monkeypox is and isn’t so you can be well-informed.”

Source: Global News

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