Monkeypox messaging: World Health Org. says gay men should limit sexual partners ‘for the moment’

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The World Health Organization says that behavioral changes are needed: Men having sex with multiple other men should limit their sexual partners to lower the risk of infection and reduce the spread of monkeypox.

“That means making safe choices for yourself and others, for men who have sex with men,” WHO Chief chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. “This includes, for the moment, reducing your number of sexual partners.”

99% of the cases of monkeypox are among men, and at least 95% of those patients are men having sex with men, according to WHO.

WHO also called on media, public health authorities and government to fight stigma and discrimination, which the agency said will only fuel the outbreak, although it didn’t say how it would fuel the outbreak.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has a slight different message than WHO. While agreeing that monkeypox is primarily a gay sex disease right now, the CDC is emphasizing that anyone can get monkeypox. The CDC is also cautioning health agencies and the media from using photos that show severe cases of the illness.

The current count of cases in the United States stood at 4,907 on Wednesday. Only Wyoming, Montana, Vermont, and Alaska have no reported cases yet, and New York City leads the nation in infections. The Biden Administration said Thursday that more than 780,000 doses of vaccine will be available Friday, in addition to the 300,000 doses of monkeypox vaccine distributed earlier this month, for a total of 1.1 million doses. 

“Anyone can get monkeypox, and CDC is carefully monitoring for monkeypox in the United States. CDC is working to provide frontline healthcare providers and public health officials with information about what monkeypox looks like and how to manage the illness. Many—though not all—of the reported cases have been among gay and bisexual men. Given this, CDC is focusing on identifying and using specific channels that will directly reach gay and bisexual men across racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and geographic backgrounds. In addition to this focused messaging, CDC is also providing information to a wider audience about symptoms and the behaviors that can lead to the spread of monkeypox,” the CDC said.

The CDC advice to health professionals has at least two parts: One is for general audiences, and one is for gay men. For the general audience, the CDC recommends health professionals saying that “anyone can get monkeypox.”

The CDC says, “Focusing on cases among gay and bisexual men may inadvertently stigmatize this population and create a false sense of safety among those who are not gay and bisexual men.”

The advice continues: “Promote messaging that provides information on what monkeypox is and how it can spread and encourages seeking health care if experiencing monkeypox-like symptoms.”

“When using images of the rash from patients with monkeypox, focus on how cases typically appear in the current outbreak and avoid showing extreme cases, unless necessary.”

“In some situations, such as healthcare provider education, it may be necessary to show extreme case presentations. Carefully consider the audience and whether only presenting images of how cases typically appear may accomplish the same goals.”

“Include pictures of people from diverse backgrounds and racial/ethnic groups.”

But for health professionals talking to gay men, the communication is tailored:

“It’s important to reach any disproportionately affected community with non-alarmist, fact-based messaging about monkeypox that provides people with tools they can use to protect themselves and others.”

“When focusing messages to gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men, use targeted channels that directly reach these audiences, such as specific websites, dating apps, or media programs.”

“To help make messages resonate, use relatable or personal stories that depict people ‘like me’ from the intended audience.”

“Messaging and dissemination tactics may need to be adapted to reach the communities who need the information as we learn more about the current monkeypox outbreak.”

Read more about how the CDC is framing the communication around monkeypox at this link.

Learn more about what the CDC is advising doctors regarding monkeypox at this link.

22 COMMENTS

  1. I am old enough to remember the AIDS scare. Yes, people died. But the medical industrial complex rode that wave of fear-mongering for all it was worth and then some. Sounds very homophobic of the WHO and the CDC, doesn’t it? Is Fauci a homophobe? Is President Xi of China a homophobe? Is Bill Walker a homophobe? What about Christopher Constant? Is he a self-loathing homophobe?

    And the WHO seems to be saying that homosexuals are more promiscuous than others. Is that true? Do gay men have sex just for fun? Heterosexuals do.

    Although we should just be having sex to create families which are the absolute core of civilization. Yet our birthdate is dropping. Testosterone is dropping. Fertility is dropping. Could that be caused by……
    the VACCINES we have been required to have for the last 50 years?

    Surprisingly, that is about the time that sperm counts started to drop. ABOUT 50 years ago. Any correlation? Just asking a question.

    • Men are typically more promiscuous than women. Men who have sex with men multiply their opportunities for casual and/or anonymous sex and sex with multiple partners. So yes, gay men have much more sex than straight men. As for your questions about homophobia affecting WHO’s messaging: currently, it is scientific reality that the vast majority of US and European cases of monkeypox are among men who have sex with men. Addressing this particular community is of the utmost importance to prevent the disease from spreading to women and children as it has in Africa. In some parts of Africa, the disease has “bounced back” to rodents and other small mammals due to the endemic nature of the disease. US health authorities are trying to stem the disease so that the bounce back does not also occur in the US. You also asked why testosterone levels have been dropping. The cause is NOT related to vaccines, as you imply. Instead, obesity, lack of exercise, diabetes, heart disease, cannabis use, and environmental toxins are to blame. You can read more here: ‘https://www.urologytimes.com/view/testosterone-levels-show-steady-decrease-among-young-us-men

    • Experts report that younger homosexual men, on an average, have 30 to 35 sex partners. Highly indiscriminate group, and thereby the most likely to get AIDS and MP. Yes, there IS a reason.

  2. Has anyone who has not had sex with “gay men who they don’t know” gotten Monkeypox? I’m thinking not. The CDC is just another worthless gov’t agency that the DNC has pirated. God help us if we ever do get a real pandemic, these people will be clueless.

  3. Some members of the Anchorage Assembly should wear protective suits and fully enclosed respirators to help protect other members and the public from the pox

  4. MIKE STOBBE
    NEW YORK —
    Related video above: NYC is ‘epicenter’ of U.S. monkeypox outbreak, officials say

    Two children have been diagnosed with monkeypox in the U.S., health officials said Friday.

    ‘https://www.ketv.com

    One is a toddler in California and the other is an infant who is not a U.S. resident but was tested while in Washington, D.C., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    The children were described as being in good health and receiving treatment. How they caught the disease is being investigated, but officials think it was through household transmission.

    Other details weren’t immediately disclosed

  5. I think a bit of social distancing might help. Homosexual men can continue to have sex with multiple partners but must maintain 6 feet of distance at all times. There, fixed it for you.

  6. Maybe Fauci can mandate chastity belts or chain mail under wear for gay or bisexual males. He mandated face masks for the all of us “for our own good”.

  7. Perhaps males that have sex with males, within ANY form, should abstain from said close contact for a length of time, say 30 days.

    Would not this alleviate the issue altogether, based upon the current information regarding the spread of the Monkeypox Virus?

    Just saying…

  8. Experts report that younger homosexual men, on an average, have 30 to 35 sex partners. Highly indiscriminate group, and thereby the most likely to get AIDS and MP. Yes, there IS a reason.

  9. No behaviors will change. They’ll keep doing what they’re doing and when the pox appears they’ll cry to the government for help. Maybe we could call this “Revenge of the Planet of the Apes.”

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