press release says. As of this week, Chicago health authorities have identified seven confirmed cases of monkeypox.While cases have been reported among gay and bisexual men, the disease is not limited to that population, nor are queer men more prone to monkeypox than other people. “It’s dangerous to pin a virus and how it is transmitted on an identity because it can affect knowledge, treatment, and research associated with how the virus is spreading,” Dr.
Demetre Daskalakis, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, recently told The Advocate. “People who are not gay men might become complacent thinking it won’t happen to them.
The stigma that occurs can distort knowledge and the truth about the response.”He said everyone should remain vigilant about the virus. “[Practice] safe sex, obviously, but monkeypox can be spread by several ways, including droplets through kissing and touching surfaces, and that could apply to anyone,” he explained.The Chicago health department notes, “The risk of monkeypox is not limited to [men who have sex with men] and not all Chicago cases have been among men.
Anyone who has close contact with someone who is infectious is at risk. Individuals can become infected with the monkeypox virus when they come in contact with lesions, bodily fluids, or respiratory secretions of anyone infected with the virus, as well as with objects that may have been in contact with lesion crusts or bodily fluids (e.g., contaminated linens, bandages, dishes).”Dr.