Monkeypox Not “A Gay Disease,” says WHO: A Question Of Stigma?

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A man waits in line to receive a monkeypox vaccine in Brooklyn, N.Y., earlier this month. Kena Betancur/AFP via Getty Images


● The number of cases has risen in Texas, and the Department of State Health Services reported it to be 454.
● Monkeypox is not a Gay Disease states WHO.
● New York became the epicenter of the disease, reporting 1,400 cases.

Incidents of racial and community discrimination are still a hot topic of concerning debate. Often, we see one being targeted now and then by others on the issues. In a recent event, the story of ‘Monkeypox’ relates to Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men, as well as the Transgender community labeled with “A Gay Disease,” raised the debate of majorities over minorities and gender bias debate.

Monkeypox is a viral zoonosis similar to smallpox that has hit the mainland. Reportedly, transmitted from animals to humans and humans to humans traces its origin from 1970 in South African Countries. It was much later, in 2013, that the outbreak of Monkeypox was witnessed in the United States region outside Africa. Various animal species are too susceptible to the monkeypox virus, including rope squirrels, tree squirrels, Gambian pouched rats, dormice, non-human primates, and other species.

Since 13th May 2022, a recent event of the spread of the disease, states WHO. As of 26th May, there have been a total of 257 laboratory-confirmed cases. And around 120 suspected cases have been reported to WHO, published on 29th May 2022. In a turn of the event, the social media page was stormed with a tagline, “A Gay Disease,” spread by several hate mongers and anti-LGBTQIA pages. In response to the concerning debate on such a sensitive issue, WHO (World Health Organization) cited a report stating that anyone can get prone who has close physical contact with the virus, in words “Stigmatizing people because of a disease is never ok. Anyone can get or pass on Monkeypox, regardless of their sexuality.” On the larger picture, targeting minority groups for your filthy agenda is not OKAY. Further, painting the picture of concerning issues in the guidelines, the world health organization included that any who have symptoms like,
● Rash with blisters on face, hands, feet, eyes, mouth, or genitals
● Fever
● Swollen lymph nodes
● Headaches
● Muscle aches
● Low energy
are likely to infect others.

A piece of health advice for Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men who have sex with men over the stigmatization of disease. Ultimately, Monkeypox transmits during close skin-to-skin contact during sex, including kissing, touching, oral and penetrative sex with someone who has symptoms. So, the infected must protect themselves and others by:
● Isolating at home. Talk to health professionals if you have symptoms.
● Avoiding skin-to-skin or face-to-face contact. It also includes sexual contact with anyone who has symptoms.
● Clean hands, objects, and surfaces that are touched.
● If you are in close contact with someone, always wear a mask to avoid transmission of symptoms.

Monkeypox Cases In Texas

The number of cases has risen in Texas, and the Department of State Health Services reported it to be 454. Most of them have reports in Dallas Country of Texas, where doses of vaccines reached 5,000 last week.

States With Monkeypox Cases

According to the Health Department, the total number of cases has risen to 6,000 in the US 48 states, with California, New York, and Illinoisreporting 47%. Moreover, New York became the epicenter of the disease reporting 1,400 cases. Eventually, last month the world health organization stated Monkeypox as a global health emergency, with reports of 19,000 in at least 78 countries. The US Health and Human Services Department has delivered more than 330,000 doses of the vaccine to state health departments since May.