Monkeypox: WHO chief advised MSM to reduce partners to reduce exposure to virus

Monkeypox: WHO chief advised MSM to reduce partners to reduce exposure to virus



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The vast majority of cases are in growth Monkeypox outbreak They are among men who have sex with men, according to the World Health Organization. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday advised members of this community to reduce their exposure to the virus by reducing the number of their sexual partners and reconsidering having sex with new partners.

“This is an outbreak that can be stopped if countries, communities and individuals inform themselves, take the risks seriously and take the necessary steps to stop transmission and protect vulnerable groups. The best way to do this is to reduce the risk of exposure. This means making safe choices for yourself and others.”

“For MSM, this includes, for the time being, reducing the number of your sexual partners, reconsidering sex with new partners and exchanging contact details with any new partners to enable follow-up, if necessary,” Tedros told a news briefing.

While Tedros said the focus for all countries should be on engaging and empowering MSM communities to reduce the risks of infection and transmission, he also cautioned countries to protect human rights.

“Stigma and discrimination can be just as dangerous as any other virus,” he said.

Monkeypox is not considered a sexually transmitted disease, but most people who have contracted it in the United States have recently reported some level of sexual activity, according to Dr. Dimitri Daskalakis, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official who works on the monkeypox response, to CNN this month. This can include penetrative encounters as well as oral sex.

The virus is spread primarily through physical contact on the skin, but it can also be transmitted by touching objects such as sheets or towels that a person with monkeypox may have used, as well as through close face-to-face interactions such as kissing.

Researchers are studying whether the virus can be spread by a person who has no symptoms or by semen, vaginal fluids, and stools. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Center for Disease Control He says wearing a condom may help, but alone, it probably won’t protect against the spread of monkeypox. However, the agency still maintains that condoms can prevent other sexually transmitted infections.

Tedros’ comments about limiting sex partners are among the strongest yet on the matter. Other WHO connections are not acutely described.

“Reducing the number of your sexual partners may reduce your risk,” One Read the Bulletin of the World Health Organization.

“How can I protect myself?” else Says. “To get monkeypox, you need skin-to-skin contact, including during sex, with an infected person or their contaminated property. To reduce the risk of monkeypox: practice safe sex, and keep your hands clean.”

“Remember that close physical contact, including sex, may increase the risk of exposure. Having multiple and frequent sexual contacts, including with unknown partners, may put you at risk of developing monkeypox infection. To protect yourself from safe sex,” a Third The Bulletin of the World Health Organization advises.

US health officials have also advised reducing sex partners but using softer language.

“Avoid skin-to-skin contact, including intimate contact, with people who have a rash resembling monkeypox. Other harm reduction measures include limiting activity,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walinsky said in mid-July. Sexuality with multiple or anonymous sexual partners.

Daskalakis advised last week, “In line with our harm reduction guidelines, consider reducing the number of your associates, potentially trying to avoid anonymous contacts ends up being smart from an exposure risk reduction perspective.”

The CDC also says that people may want to minimize skin contact as much as possible by having sex with clothing or after covering areas where the rash is present. If they choose to have sex with someone who has or may have had monkeypox, they should talk about the virus early on.

Another thing people can do to protect themselves is to avoid direct face-to-face contact such as kissing with those who are visibly infected.

Scientists are still studying how monkeypox spreads in this outbreak, but they say people don’t seem to get sick yet, for example, by walking next to or hugging someone and brushing a lesion on their skin.

“If it’s a hug that doesn’t necessarily involve a shirt, there’s a theoretical risk of moving in there, but that’s not what we’re hearing in terms of what’s going on in our cases, so it’s less risky. It’s less risky,” Daskalakis said.

Instead, it seems that the longer contact is responsible for most cases now. “If you ask me about ‘length’, I can’t answer that question, but it seems possible that this isn’t transmitted by a light brush,” Daskalaskis said. “Realistically, skin contact could theoretically transmit any type of monkeypox, but what we’re seeing is that you kind of have to work on it a little bit.”

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