Some health experts are worried that it might be too late for the world to contain monkeypox. Just a few days ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared monkeypox a new global health emergency through the voice of Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
But a new possibility raised by doctors from Israel might be even more frightening. They reveal that monkeypox might represent a new kind of STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease). Considering that we all know very well that the disease spreads mainly across gay and bisexual men, the idea of monkeypox being considered an STD doesn’t sound so surprising after all.
Dr. Roy Zucker, who is director of the Ichilov Hospital’s LGBTQ health services known as Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, stated for The Media Line and as The Jerusalem Post quotes:
We know from past data that the virus can be spread by being in the presence of someone who is infected for a long time – say for three hours at a distance of two meters or so, or by simply coming into physical contact with them,
But what we’re seeing across the world and in Israel is that most of the patients were infected via sexual activity. The WHO also said the same, that it appears as though this disease is transmitted sexually and so we can begin to refer to it as another STD.
Unsurprisingly, health officials are now even recommending to those people who are at risk of infection with monkeypox to protect themselves by using condoms when they’re engaging in sexual activity.
The WHO reveals that 75 countries have reported a total of over 16,000 infections with monkeypox. Over 80% of those cases are in Europe, but the US is also dealing with thousands of infections across 44 states.