Thursday, August 18, 2022

Monkeypox: PAHO Issues Caution Regarding Potential For Stigma

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The Deputy Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), noting nearly 5,300 monkeypox cases across 18 countries and territories in the Americas, has cited the potential for stigma, homophobia, and discrimination.

Dr. Mary Lou Valdez told a press briefing last week that nearly all monkeypox cases continue to be reported among men who have sex with men between the ages of 25 and 45 years.

But Valdez explained that anyone – regardless of gender or sexual orientation, can get the disease.

She disclosed that PAHO is working with civil society and LGBTQ+ communities to alert at-risk groups about monkeypox symptoms and to provide information about how they can protect themselves.

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“And as we engage with our LGBTQ+ communities, I want to caution countries about the potential for stigma, homophobia and discrimination that can impede our public health responses, just as we saw with HIV,” the PAHO Deputy Director stated.

According to Valdez, the pattern of monkeypox transmission offers a unique opportunity for countries to work closely with affected communities to ensure people know how to protect themselves and what to do if they exhibit symptoms.

However, she noted that, unfortunately, early reports show a lot of confusion surrounding monkeypox.

“That’s why clear communication is more important than ever before,” Valdez stated.

And she disclosed that PAHO is presenting daily updates to its Member States and has issued guidance for health workers to manage monkeypox cases and prevent further infections,

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7 COMMENTS

  1. SMH, this is getting ridiculous — good taxpayers’ money being wasted for the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) to formally issue tips like:
    — “Masturbate together at a distance without touching each other and without touching any rash.”
    — “Have virtual sex with no in-person contact.”
    (fact check it yourself at https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/sexualhealth/index.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fpoxvirus%2Fmonkeypox%2Fspecific-settings%2Fsocial-gatherings.html )

    That we need to go telling people that? What the heck, where did our society fall off the cliff?

    A recent major study by the very credible New England Journal of medicine showed once again what is an unarugably, undeniable truth – 95% of the spread is by men hooking up with men – simple! https://www.nbcnews.com/nbc-out/out-health-and-wellness/monkeypox-driven-overwhelmingly-sex-men-major-study-finds-rcna39564

    And then there’s the W.H.O. with their high-powered intelligence pool having to waste their time issuing fact sheets like this
    https://cdn.who.int/media/docs/default-source/hq-hiv-hepatitis-and-stis-library/flyer_msm_a4_eng-v5.pdf?sfvrsn=7648499_32&download=true and asking people to “consider reducing the number of sex partners”.

    Stigma? Call it what you want, most all science shows it as being rapidy spread by gay men.

  2. this is really strange cause if anyone can get it then why are the highest reported cases are from men who have sex with other men?

  3. Come on!!!! What y’all trying? Almost all Monkeypox infections are among “men who have sex with men” and y’all talking about stereotyping people. It is a disease affecting homosexuals and other men who have sex with men period and that’s it. There is no stigmatization there. Booling must stop!!!

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