Monkey pox: why the LGBT community is concerned

MONKEYPOX If you have gay relatives or are gay, you may know that monkeypox is a hot topic among MSM, “men who have sex with men” in medical jargon. Among friends, we exchange information about the disease, tips on how to get an appointment for vaccination, news of sick relatives …

“Our phone line is currently saturated and we are receiving a lot of orders […] for smallpox vaccination,” this week, this week saw a checkpoint, the Parisian Society Against HIV. But why all this concern within the LGBT community, and more broadly, among LGBT people?

According to a report by Public Health France published on Wednesday, July 20, a total of 1,453 cases have been confirmed in France, including 678 in Ile-de-France. The agency asserts that “to date, in France, 96% of reported cases of sexual orientation have occurred among men who have sex with men (MSM).” “Of the cases for which information is available, 74% reported having at least two sexual partners in the three weeks prior to the onset of symptoms.”

mobilizing associations

In the face of this epidemic in the LGBT community, associations that fight HIV such as lozengesAnd the Sidaction Or Act-Up Paris, is actively working with the LGBT community to report the disease, its symptoms, and ways to avoid transmission. Above all, they pressured the government to speed up vaccination.

Because since last July 11 and the opening of preventive vaccination to risk groups – namely men who have sex with men and transgender people with multiple partners, people who engage in prostitution and those who engage in professional activity in a place for sexual consumption – the campaign is being judged harshly by associations. “If vaccination is open, the returns from the field show a bottleneck in scheduling. François Brown, we must increase the means of expediting”, recently Written Act-Up Paris. The aides called, Thursday, July 21, for a “punch vaccination campaign.”

And the health authorities have not officially disclosed the number of doses available for the vaccination campaign, arguing for defensive secrecy. A DGS representative announced before the Senate on July 13 that 7,500 doses should be disposed of to expand vaccination, and that 5,000 doses would then be released per week. according to stubborn, a total of 30,000 doses will be planned. Asked by the magazine, Mark Dixnough, general manager of the Aides Association, estimated that it would take 10 times more.

Complications

The challenge is clearly to prevent the epidemic from spreading further within the MSM community or among the general population. Because if the disease usually heals spontaneously and if it is not generally serious, it can be painful and lead to complications, especially children, pregnant women and people living with HIV. It also requires three weeks of isolation, which can also have economic consequences for patients.

To limit the spread of the epidemic, time is running out. especially that The vaccine provides good immunity two weeks after the second dose. So it takes a month and a half for the vaccination to be really effective. The more time passes, the more likely the disease will spread.

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