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WHO recommends reducing sexual partners to avoid monkeypox

Last Updated on July 31, 2022 at 9:53 am

Following the World Health Organisation’s declaration that the spreading outbreaks in several nations constitute a worldwide emergency, the WHO head recommended males at risk of contracting monkeypox to lower their sexual partners “for the moment.”

According to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, 98% of the cases of monkeypox discovered have been among homosexual, bisexual, and other males who have sex with men. He urged individuals who could be at risk to take precautions. Tedros said that for males who have sex with men, it involves making safe decisions for yourself and others. For the time being, this involves lowering your number of sexual partners, he suggested.

According to the WHO director, people should collect the contact information of any new sexual partners in case they need to follow up later. Infected individuals should be isolated and kept away from close-knit groups. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised to avoid skin-to-skin contact with those who have a rash that may be monkeypox.

Around 20,000 cases of monkeypox have been detected in various countries. Dr. Rosamund Lewis, WHO’s technical lead for monkeypox, stated that the main modes of exposure for monkeypox is through direct contact, close contact, skin to skin contact, possibly even face to face contact, exposure to droplets or virus that may be in the mouth.

The latest monkeypox outbreak is “obviously transferred during sex,” according to Andy Seale, a WHO consultant on HIV, hepatitis, and sexually transmitted illnesses. However, he said that specialists have not yet confirmed if the outbreak is a sexually transmitted infection. Dr. Hugh Adler, a doctor who treats monkeypox patients in the United Kingdom is also of the same opinion. He claims that sexual networks and anonymous sex with untraceable partners are helping to spread the disease.

India has reported four cases of monkeypox till now.