September 28, 2022
The Dangerous Parallel Between Monkeypox and AIDS

Experts have drawn parallels to the recent coverage of the monkeypox virus to initial reporting about the HIV/AIDs epidemic in the 1980s, warning that it will fuel stigma and jeopardize the response to the outbreak.

The United Nations AIDS agency (UNAIDS) said that “a significant proportion” of recent monkeypox cases have been identified among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men.

But UNAIDS added that the World Health Organization (WHO) has said that available evidence suggests those who are most at risk are people who have had close physical contact with someone with monkeypox, and that risk is not limited to men who have sex with men.

David Heymann, a leading advisor to WHO, said the recent cases appear to have gotten into the population through sexual contact. He told the Associated Press earlier this week that the leading theory to explain the recent spread was sexual transmission at raves held in Spain and Belgium.

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