Monkey pox. WHO urges homosexuals to have fewer sexual partners

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday urged gay men to reduce the number of sexual partners and avoid new relationships to contain the spread of monkeypox.

“For men who have sex with men, they should for now reduce the number of partners, reconsider sex with new partners, and exchange contacts with any new partners in case they need to be told they’ve been infected in the meantime,” he said. the director.-WHO General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at a press conference.

Currently, the World Health Organization has recorded 18,000 cases in 78 countries, with 98% resulting from sexual contact between men.

“The priority of all countries must be to attend and provide means of defense to homosexual communities, in order to reduce the risk of infection and transmission, guarantee the treatment of those infected and safeguard human rights and dignity. Stigma and discrimination can be as dangerous as any virus and fuel the outbreak of the disease “, warns the director general of the WHO.

But it is not only homosexuals who must be careful: “All exposed people can contract monkeypox and that is why the WHO recommends that countries prevent the spread to other vulnerable groups such as children, pregnant women and immunosuppressants. The disease is it can spread in homes by closer contact, for example, through hugging or kissing. Or through contaminated towels or bedding.”

The WHO argues that if these recommendations are followed, the global outbreak of monkeypox can be stopped.

Source: TSF