A Texas man who contracted monkeypox has shared horrifying selfies documenting how he developed his symptoms.
Gay porn star Silver Steele posted a “timeline” compilation photo on his Instagram account on August 8. 4—consisting of nine photographs taken on different days—to show how the gruesome scars on her face changed shape and size.
“My intention is not to offend anyone, but to educate,” Steele wrote. “Not everyone presents with the same symptoms, but I’ve been told by several experts that my case is a ‘clinically perfect’ example and that it’s being used in CDC demonstrations and medical journals.”
The Houston performer says he first noticed the blisters on his chin on July 11, initially thinking the bumps were “razor burn.”
But soon he realized that he had contracted monkeypox, and the lesions began to grow larger and turn yellowish in color.
Stella spent three weeks documenting the “excruciating” blisters on her chin as they grew bigger day by day.
The composite showed that the lesions were at their worst 11 days after they first appeared on her skin. It also indicates that it takes more than 3 weeks for symptoms to completely subside.
Monkeypox was declared a public health emergency in the United States earlier this month. after it rolled out across the country after its release in Europe this spring.
According to New York University biologist Joseph Osmundson, the virus currently primarily affects gay and bisexual men, who make up 98% of patients.
In the comments section of the post, Steele said that at the height of his fight against the monkey, the pain was so bad that he was prescribed Vicodin. He also added that he was trying to trace contacts, but was still unsure when and from whom he contracted the virus.
“These sores can be very painful, getting on other people’s genitals or the anorectal area and going to the bathroom is excruciating,” he further explained. If you know someone who is suffering from this condition, please reach out and get checked out as they may feel alone. A good word goes a long way.”
The actor added: “It’s a droplet virus, so it’s spread by kissing, sharing drinks and even touching someone with sores/blisters! Use hand sanitizer a lot, say hello instead of hugs and kisses, and stay away from crowded events, especially people Be careful where you sweat!”
Porn fans praised the ‘brave’ star for coming out, with one saying: ‘We are so proud of you for sharing this vulnerable experience. Glad you are on the mend! You have done an amazing job of outreach and education.”
Steele has since cleared the virus and hopes to have minimal scarring on his face. He has since received the monkeypox vaccine and is encouraging other gay and bisexual men to do the same.
Monkeypox: Where the U.S. Is Now
US health agencies have counted at least 11,700 suspected cases of monkeypox – with another 1,000 expected next week, according to epidemiological forecasters. Among the nation’s epicenters of the disease, New York City has been dealing with more than 2,295 cases since an outbreak in June.
At the same time, the World Health Organization reports that more than 36,000 cases of the disease have been registered.
How and why the once “rare and unusual” virus emerged and then spread across continents remains a mystery.
Dr. John White, WebMD’s chief medical officer, told The Post that doctors are “still learning about this,” but reassured patients to fear the worst. “We didn’t know [the current outbreak] I am mortal. “That’s a good thing,” White said.