Posted: Thursday, July 28, 2022. 9:39 am CST.
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: As Monkeypox cases continue to surge globally, the World Health Organization (WHO) continues to advise men who have sex with men to reduce their partners to avoid contracting Monkeypox, Yahoo reports.
On Wednesday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that 98% of the more than 18,000 recent monkeypox cases reported had been among men who sleep with other men.
“This is an outbreak that can be stopped if countries, communities, and individuals inform themselves, take the risks seriously, and take the steps needed to stop transmission and protect vulnerable groups,” Tedros said.
“For men who have sex with men, this includes, for the moment, reducing your number of sexual partners, reconsidering sex with new partners, and exchanging contact details with any new partners to enable follow-up if needed,” he advised.
In addition, Tedros said that these men might consider avoiding circuit parties or any place that put them at risk such as crowded settings with a lot of physical contacts.
Experts are also advising men who have sex with men to inform themselves about the virus, monitor themselves and others for symptoms, and seek medical attention as needed.
The WHO had already convened sexually transmitted infection experts to discuss classifying monkeypox as an STI and the panel concluded that it is transmitted during sex but they are not yet able to conclude that it is an STI.
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