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Cases of monkeypox have been detected in European countries, Canada, and very recently, the United States. To be precise, it’s currently been detected in 19 countries.
They say the most important weapon is information. Why? In this case, information can help prevent people from getting or spreading the virus and so, we are here to raise awareness about it. Here are the things that you need to know about monkeypox:
- First and foremost, what exactly is monkeypox? First discovered in 1958, monkeypox according to CDC is a “rare disease that is caused by infection with monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus belongs to the Orthopoxvirus genus in the family Poxviridae. The Orthopoxvirus genus also includes variola virus (which causes smallpox), vaccinia virus (used in the smallpox vaccine), and cowpox virus.”
- It’s been theorized that in Europe, the “spread of the disease was sexual transmission among gay and bisexual men at two raves held in Spain and Belgium.” More about this here. However, monkeypox is not a typical sexually-transmitted infection (STI) and can spread to anyone regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation.
- Transmission. How does the monkeypox virus spread? Here are pieces of information we got from Building Healthy Online Communities: BHOC through their email to us and we quote:
– Direct contact with the skin lesions, sores, or scabs.
– Direct contact with saliva (kissing) with someone who has a monkeypox rash in their mouth or throat.
– Through respiratory droplets (kissing, coughing, sneezing).
– Contact with clothing or linens (such as bedding or towels) that have been used by an infected person.
– Breathing in droplets from the coughing or sneezing of someone who has a monkeypox rash in their mouth or throat.
- Symptoms. According to the CDC, the following are the symptoms of someone who contracted monkeypox: fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills, and exhaustion. In addition, within one to three days of developing a fever, a patient infected with the monkeypox virus develops a rash beginning on their face before spreading to other parts of the body like the palms of their hands and soles of their feet.
- Prevention. There are a number of measures that we can take to prevent the infection and spread of the monkeypox virus. Click here for the complete list.
- If you are feeling sick, BHOC advises that you abstain from sex and refrain from going out to bars, gyms, clubs, and other events.
- More importantly, BHOC added, “If you or any recent partners (from the last 21 days) have unusual sores or a rash, go see a healthcare provider, either at a clinic (GetTested.CDC.gov) or ask your primary care doctor. Remind your provider that Monkeypox is circulating.”
For more information on monkeypox, click here and here.
Stay healthy and stay safe, guys!
Wow, another international slut contagion. We are up to ..150 now? Out of how many millions ?
Be afraid, Be Very Afraid
Another of our own “Gay Cornucopia” of STDs to choose?
Diversity makes such a Cornucopia a “Russian-Roulette”?
Spin the wheel to see what comes up?
The consequences of gambling with one’s health?
AND THE STDS KEEP ON COMING!
And this one REALLY sucks because it’s soooo transmissible. We’re not just talking “Suit Up! Wear a condom!”
I’d be more afraid of dying a virgin……
That will condemn you to “Eternal Damnation”!
However, the Mortician will rectify the bitter truth…
he will insert the unambiguous “Butt Plug” and will hinde the unfortunate legacy!
It is the consequence…
Monkeying around with the wrong person?
Unfortunately, when Monkey-see – Monkey-do, someone gets a “Gift” which, as we already know – might be the gift that keeps on coming?
Monkey-in-the-middle-might, also, be dangerous, too?
This may sound a bit superficial, but I’m not sexually attracted to a guy with bumps, lesions, sores, scabs on his face, body Etc….NOT trying to shame anyone! No one means to get ANY kind of infectious virus/STD.
GLAD we seem to be out ahead of this one?! Dishearten that it’s on our community!
Un like HIV this Virus seems to have physical tell-tale signs of infection…I’ll keep my eyes open…my pants…..not so much!
You are not being “Superficial”: you are being “Truthful.”
It is an admirable trait so stay true and refer to it often!
we are not ahead on this one. the pox virus can spread during the 3 days before the skin lesions appear.
While you’re a sleepin’
Monkeypox will come a creepin’
You do realize that you can be infected during the incubation period (7-21 days), when there are no symptoms, right?
It has up to a 21 day incubation period then symptoms present so it could be week before the infected person has symptoms. So no, you wouldn’t know.
First, we have “Chicken Pox!
Now, we have Monkey Pox!
What will be next?
A Pox a day, keeps another Pox away!
to bring my plethora of Blogg Contributions
their Natural Conclusion!
Which would the “Gay Community” prefer…
A Barrel Full Of Monkeys
A Barrel Full Of Poxes?
Wow, the pictures look horrible!!!
(Eye-role) shit, we’ll all be wearing the latest style of hazmat suits in no time, before total extinction. I’d better start designing.
Sex with a rubber suit used to be a fetish. Now it’s just being safe. Maybe we can get an autographed Fauci model.
LOL…Kasper, you are a treasure!!!
The joy of blogging is to mix humor with reality.
I try to be contributory with a sense of Facetiousness! I enjoy it and because I worked within the Healthcare Field for almost 14 years, I have encountered many of the ills we Gay Males suffer.
Be socially responsible. It is never safe to have anonymous sex with strangers or rampant sex, period. Sex is only safe in the context of a relationship with people you know. Otherwise, you are playing Russian Roulette with not only your life, but everyone around you. Have we learned nothing from AIDS? To see this start all over again is truly disgusting. Do not commit crimes against LOVE. LOVE is the most powerful force in the Universe, and to work against it is a dangerous thing. BE RESPONSIBLE!
No matter how “safe” you try to be, you will still die! So your “safety” is just an impossible delusion. Best to have a great life and great sex. I’ve plowed 8,000 hot men and it’s been the source of my joy!
Thanks for the background (a noble one) …you must see it all in your field?
Here’s hoping none of us see much of this one?!
Thanks for mixing humor with ALWAYS scary reality, makes for a grate read.
You “Preaching” responsibility on a free, sex site?
Isn’t that a “Glorified Oxymoron”? Sex does not lend itself, easily, to intellectual analysis. Usually, the genitals override the brain?
Only past experiences where it becomes obvious that “Hindsight Becomes The Best Teacher.”
Thanks, Captain Obvious. Who in their right mind would have sex with someone with lesions and poxes all over?
The symptoms don’t present for up to a month after exposure. So someone could be exposed, be contagious, have sex within those 3-4 weeks and not even have a symptom yet. Then the next person- same thing- has sex with multiple people over the next 4 weeks and doesn’t know.
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