In the U.S., monkeypox cases have broken out in New York City and San Francisco after gay “Pride” events for June. Despite this, the messaging regarding monkeypox from public health experts has emphasized the idea that anyone can catch the disease. In a commentary published Monday by The Washington Post, infectious disease journalist Benjamin Ryan, who has specialized in gay health issues for decades, pointed out that a lack of proper messaging could lead to more harm. “This broad-strokes maxim — that everyone on Earth is susceptible to this troubling viral infection — might be factual on its surface. But it is so egregiously misleading it amounts to misinformation,” Ryan wrote. “But as these public health experts know well, epidemiology is less concerned with whether someone could contract an infection; instead, the much more vital questions focus on which groups of people are most likely to be exposed to a pathogen, to contract it and why. In public health statistics, this is the study of relative risk. “By reducing monkeypox risk to a simplistic binary equation, public health leaders are prioritizing fighting stigma over their duty to directly inform the public about the true contours and drivers of this global outbreak. In particular, they are failing to properly convey the seriousness of this burgeoning crisis to gay and bisexual men.” This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
Outbreak Of Monkeypox Linked To Massive Festival For The ‘Gay Fetish Community’ https://t.co/xd9DkUbYAu via @dailycaller 🙊 “Three confirmed cases of monkeypox have been linked to a homosexual fetish festival in Belgium, health authorities said Friday.”— Leon (@LeonGoudikian) May 21, 2022