CDC leaders continue to mislead about monkeypox

Monkey pox as a CDC disease refuses to be identified as a sexually transmitted disease, despite it being spread almost exclusively by men who have sex with men, continues to provoke outrage in the gay community, prompting complaints of “government inaction”. Alleging that the government did not do enough to keep the gay community “safe” from painful genital lesions and the diseases that spread through those lesions in the first place,New York Magazine Both New York City and the federal government are accused of not doing enough. Demanding “more testing” and “more vaccines,” the gay community is calling on the federal government to do more to keep men who have sex with men “safer.”

It seems that keeping gay men safe may be more difficult than anyone might expect. It seems that even small children do not get monkeypox from men who have sex with men. Recently, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky reported that two young children in the United States have contracted monkeypox. Walensky added that both incidents were “domestic” with people “Society of men who have sex with men.”

Gay activist James Krellenstein criticized the “inaction” of the government The government’s lack of urgency is a “recipe for disaster that could lead to a mass contagion” and “to protect the gay community during this epidemic,” he said.

Interviewed while queuing outside a government-backed sexual health clinic in Chelsea, where hundreds of gay men were waiting to be vaccinated against monkeypox – ahead of the first Pride parade, which has a full slate of programming since the start of the Covid pandemic, Krellenstein said. New York Magazine The reporter was worried that some of his friends might not be able to enjoy the last week of Pride if they were worried about monkey disease.

Others agreed. ““It’s all because of pride” Evan Ipok said, gesturing to those in line who, like him, had been waiting for hours hoping to get on the boardwalk. ‘People want to feel safe when they’re having fun this weekend.’

Most agree that much of the anxiety in the gay community stems from a lack of information about the disease, its symptoms, and how it spreads. However, the fact that almost all documented cases occur among men who have sex with men suggests that the disorder has a behavioral component. Those who attend the Chelsea Sexual Health Clinic already know it’s there — they don’t want to admit that it’s a disease they can easily overcome by changing their behavior.

The World Health Organization acknowledged the behavioral component and issued warnings to men who have sex with men. New York Magazine suggested that The “trans community” is also at risk.

Connections with the gay community cannot be ruled out. But the CDC has — once again — adopted the AIDS mantra of 1980s Dr. John Brooks, a medical epidemiologist in the CDC’s Division of AIDS Prevention, suggested that we are all at risk– Asserting that “everyone can get the virus, regardless of their sexual orientation.” Brooks admitted that the CDC planned Increase public health messaging ahead of LGBTQ Pride MonthMany in the gay community argue that it is too little, too late.

CDC and Dr. Anthony Fauci — it has a long history. A 1987 book by Randy Shilts And the ball plays: Politics, people, and the AIDS epidemic Fauci notes that he was a hero in his early days as an AIDS doctor at the National Institute of Health. However, Shilts devotes several pages of his book to what he sees as a recurring problem with Fauci: that the AIDS hero was also a political player willing to distort research data to shape policy the way he saw fit. it had to be shaped.

On May 5, 1983—contrary to all research at the time—Dr. Fauci published an article Journal of the American Medical Association AIDS was said to be transmitted by “casual intimate contact”. Demanding those children it’s possible Keeping the deadly disease of AIDS away from families, Fauci wrote that if daily personal contact among family members was enough to spread the disease, “then AIDS would take on an entirely new dimension.”

Fauci’s 1983 editorial opened the floodgates of fear AIDS. According to the book by Michael Fumento The Heterosexual AIDS Myth, “Faukie’s article moved AIDS” from being a gay disease to a “media story.” When Fumento reviewed media coverage through Nexis, a computerized bibliographic news service, AIDS news coverage quadrupled in the second and third quarters of 1983, to about 700 articles each quarter.

“And while assurances were given to contradict Fauci’s incriminating statements about the ‘casual contact’ controversy, “the idea that anyone was at risk of contracting AIDS has been around for a long time.” It gives the impression that it is about to go away… If previously healthy people are infected with an incurable disease and the number of diseases is increasing every seven times. or eight months or more later, the story will appear in the newspapers every day.’

In accordance with Shilts, Fauci denied taking any responsibility for the panicked response. Instead, he blamed the “hysterical media for taking his comments ‘out of context’.”

After all, he only said one thing opportunity Livelihood it’s possible raise all these scientific results. The common people do not understand the language of science, he pleaded. Science has always dealt with hypotheticals; That doesn’t mean he actually said it was AIDS was were spread through family ties. Moreover, the main villain, he clearly points out, is the press office of the American Medical Association, which shamelessly sensationalized the journal article and tried to draw attention to the journal, which always played second fiddle. science the and New England Journal of Medicine.

“Whoever was to blame, Fauci’s warnings about casual contact causing AIDS caused a wave of hysteria; It also set in motion a wave of public and private funding for research into treatments. The New York Times the and USA Today Like most newspapers in the United States, Fauci’s press release published the error. Heterosexuals began to feel vulnerable too. The media warned that heterosexuals “like you and me” who had no risk factors other than heterosexual intercourse could spread AIDS. Fumento, who claimed that the proportion of heterosexual infections doubled in one year from 2 percent to 4 percent of all cases in 1986, pointed to the media’s refusal to ask “hard questions” about the real data.

Accusing the CDC of falsifying the number of heterosexual cases, Fumento wrote: ‘No one saw these additional cases, but they were on paper, with a paper trail back to the door of the Centers for Disease Control. Atlanta.’

“What the media doesn’t tell us about these percentages is that the CDC has contracted AIDS among newcomers to the United States from Africa and Haiti who were classified as having an ‘unspecified’ sexual orientation at diagnosis. The CDC later admitted that in collecting new AIDS data, it refused to say that unknown people had mixed with heterosexuals: “It should have been put there, but if someone called, we’d ‘straighten them out.'”

The CDC knows that monkeypox is primarily a disease currently contained in households. gay men’s society. The fact that the first doses of the monkeypox vaccine were made available to men who have sex with men, “cis” and trans, as well as those with multiple or anonymous partners in the previous two weeks, tells everyone all they need to know. It’s about time the CDC admitted this for the rest of us.

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