Actually, Yes, Monkeypox Is Likely An STD, Scientists Say

Actually, yes, Monkeypox is probably an STD, scientists say

The viral outbreak that occurs almost exclusively among men who have sex with men is likely caused by men who have sex with men, new research shows.

Three new studies, each published in the past month, conclude that evidence suggests monkeypox is primarily spread through intercourse between men, not skin contact that occurs during sex. Many experts and health authorities previously advised that monkeypox spread largely through skin-to-skin contact, which didn’t necessarily happen in a sexual context.

“A growing body of evidence supports that sexual transmission, particularly via seminal fluids, is occurring in the current MPX outbreak,” Dr. Aniruddha Hazra, medical director of the University of Chicago Sexual Wellness Clinic, told NBC News.

“It seems very clear to us that this is an infection that is transmitted sexually most of the time,” the primary care physician in Global Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital Lao-Tzu Allan-Blitz said, according to NBC News.

Jeffrey Klausner, an infectious disease physician at the University of Southern California who submitted an essay to scientific journals for publication with Allan-Blitz assessing the evidence that monkeypox is an STD, said there is a variety of evidence pointing to it. that the virus is sexually transmitted and goes beyond mere correlation with gays.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), three-quarters of monkeypox cases occur in men between the ages of 18 and 44, which is consistent with the normal age distribution for sexually transmitted diseases, Klausner told NBC. Most lesions on patients’ bodies are also found in the oral and anal regions, a sign of sexual transmission, he said. Researchers have also found the virus in semen.

The evidence does not mean that women or heterosexuals cannot be infected with monkeypox, but it explains why the vast majority of cases have occurred in men who have sex with other men. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that 94% of cases occur in men who have sex with other men, and 99% of cases in men in general.

Some health experts have warned gay and bisexual men not to have numerous or anonymous partners, given the increased risk their behavior poses. The WHO has made an official recommendation for men not to have sex with anonymous partners or a large number of partners to protect themselves from an increased risk of monkeypox infection. (RELATED: Man’s Nose Rots After Monkeypox, Syphilis, and HIV Infection)

Still, the CDC has made no such recommendation, nor has it focused its coverage on monkeypox to treat it as an STD. The agency continues to warn that monkeypox is spread through close skin-to-skin contact, despite mounting evidence to the contrary. Some experts have said public health officials are hesitant to treat the virus as an STD for gay men because of the stigma it can affect the LGBT community.

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