Men who have sex with men should reduce their partners for now to avoid monkeypox

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Posted: Thursday, July 28, 2022. 9:39 a.m. CST.

By Zoila Palma González: As cases of Monkeypox continue to rise around the world, the World Health Organization (WHO) continues to advise men who have sex with men to cut back on partners to avoid contracting Monkeypox, Yahoo reports.

On Wednesday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said 98% of the more than 18,000 recent cases of monkeypox reported were in men who slept with other men.

“This is an epidemic that can be stopped if countries, communities and individuals educate themselves, take the risks seriously and take the necessary steps to stop transmission and protect vulnerable groups,” said Tedros. .

“For men who have sex with men, this includes, for now, reducing your number of sex partners, reconsidering sex with new partners, and exchanging contact information with any new partners to allow for a follow-up if necessary,” he advised.

Additionally, Tedros said these men might consider avoiding circuit parties or anywhere that puts them at risk, such as crowded environments with lots of physical contact.

Experts also advise men who have sex with men to educate themselves about the virus, monitor themselves and others for symptoms, and seek medical attention if necessary.

The WHO had previously convened experts in sexually transmitted infections to discuss the classification of monkeypox as an STI and the panel concluded that it is transmitted during sexual intercourse but they are not yet able to conclude that it is transmitted. is an STI.

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