The World Health Organization (WHO) has highlighted in its public health recommendation for gays and men who have sex with men that the risk of monkeypox is not restricted to them, following a hoax that may have demonised the LGBTQ community.
WHO in its earlier statement had said that a few monkeypox cases were reported in health clinics located in the LGBTQ communities. “It is important to note that the risk of monkeypox is not limited to men who have sex with men. Anyone who has close contact with someone who is infectious is at risk. However, given that the virus is being identified in these communities, learning about monkeypox will help ensure that as few people as possible are affected and that the outbreak can be stopped,” read the WHO’s public health advice.
The above statement underlines that monkeypox may be transferred through close physical contact regardless of sexual orientation or race, and that LGBTQ people are not’spreaders’ of monkeypox.
The recent monkeypox outbreak has raised fears for the LGBTQ community after some cases of monkeypox were registered among men who had sex with men.
Earlier, when the first case of monkeypox was registered it was said that it is a disease common in children later close contact happened between the people of the LGBTQ community during the celebrations of Pride Month, and some more cases of monkeypox were logged.