Is the LGBT Community Doing Enough to Fight Monkeypox?

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06/23/2022

“Monkeypox is not a gay disease.” “Anyone can get monkeypox.” We’ve heard this ad infinitum—and it’s accurate—but as we attempt to avoid stoking stigma and homophobia, I fear the LGBT community and the government aren’t doing enough to raise awareness and curb transmission. The monkeypox outbreak outside endemic countries was first reported in the United Kingdom in early May. As of June 22, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified 156 confirmed cases in the United States. Worldwide, there are now more than 3,000 cases. Most are gay, bisexual or other men who have sex with men.

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