According to the WHO, gay men should reduce their sexual partners to avoid monkeypox

The head of the World Health Organization said on Wednesday that men who have sex with men should reduce their partners and reconsider sleeping with new people to stop the global spread of monkeypox.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of WHO, told journalists about this press conference Of the more than 18,000 monkeypox cases recently reported to the agency in Geneva, 98% involved men having sex with other men. He urged members of this community to take steps to protect themselves during this public health emergency.

“This epidemic can be stopped if countries, communities and individuals raise awareness, take the risks seriously and take the necessary measures to stop transmission and protect vulnerable groups,” Tedros said.

“For men who have sex with men, this includes sharing contact information with any new partners to reduce your number of sexual partners, reconsider sex with new partners and, if necessary, follow up,” he said.

These people may also consider staying away from large district parties or shirtless raids; Rosamund Lewis, WHO’s Health Programme’s technical director for monkeypox, recommended that these people “reduce exposure to places where you are at risk, such as crowded places where there may be physical contact between people who may already be at risk.” “

Wednesday’s new WHO advice goes beyond that recommended by the CDC in the US, which previously said that men who have sex with men should avoid skin-to-skin contact with someone who has a monkeypox rash.

The directive also expressed frustration from many members of the LGBTQ community about the lack of clear messages from health authorities and the federal government’s lackluster response.

Andy Seale, WHO consultant on sexually transmitted infections, advises to reduce sexone a message in a package of prevention messages that should be delivered to people.

People, especially men who have sex with men, are also encouraged to continue to learn about the virus, monitor themselves or others for symptoms and seek medical attention if necessary, Seale said.

According to the World Health Organization, monkeypox has spread to 78 countries, but only five have been fatal. About 10% of these infected people are hospitalized for management of severe disease.

According to Lewis, the WHO is currently trying to clarify whether men are sleeping with men, even though it is possible to get monkeypox.

“It’s a very difficult message,” Lewis said.

The “primary mode of transmission” of the virus so far has been “close, intimate, personal, prolonged sex,” Seale said, but there have been a few cases of household transmission.

The WHO has called in experts on sexually transmitted infections to discuss classifying monkeypox as an STD, but Seal said the panel was not comfortable doing so yet.

“They’ve concluded that it’s sexually transmitted, so they’re comfortable describing it as sexually transmitted, but they haven’t concluded that it’s an STD,” he said.

US Food and Drug Administration announced on Wednesday it cleared the way for nearly 800,000 additional doses of monkeypox vaccine to be distributed in the U.S. after it officially certified a Danish manufacturing facility.

US Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra described the FDA’s action as “an important step forward in our plans to strengthen and accelerate our monkeypox response, including distributing a safe and effective monkeypox vaccine to those at high risk.”

The Biden administration has been accused of being too cautious and slow to respond to the outbreak, which on Saturday was officially classified as a global health emergency by the World Health Organization.

Both Tedros and Lewis cautioned men who have received the vaccine once to be careful and not think they have “quick immunity.”

“It takes several weeks for the vaccine to take effect and trigger an immune response,” Lewis said, “which means that a person vaccinated against monkeypox should continue to take protective measures and make safe choices after the vaccine is administered.” “

The company that makes Jynneos, a common monkeypox vaccine in the US, says it takes two doses to provide full protection, but cities such as New York, San Francisco and Washington are now adopting a single-dose strategy. While the vaccine supply remains limited, try to get as many weapons as possible.

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