To combat the monkeypox epidemic, the gay movement in Spain has recommended abstinence and restricting the number of sexual partners.
The nation’s gay community has sprung into action to fight the virus, as per Agence France-Presse, “whether that’s celibacy, attempting to avoid clubs and bars, restricting sex encounters, or trying to push for a rapid vaccine buildout.”
This comes after Spain reported its first monkeypox-related killing on Saturday, stuff seen only in Brazil, as well as Africa, up to this point.
“I prefer to be cautious with this monkeypox issue. Until I’m immunized and have some protection, I don’t have intercourse or go to gatherings,” said Antonio, a 35-year-old resident of Madrid, to the source.
Previous to the monkeypox epidemic, which mostly affects males who have sex with men, Antonio, who declined to disclose his last name, claimed that he routinely frequented nightclubs and the odd sex party.
He added that if monkeypox had not been a “gay sickness,” people would have reacted more quickly.
“Unlike COVID, it is not necessary to develop the vaccine; already it exists.” Since there were so many meetings, Antonio had to wait up to three weeks for the vaccination.
“If it hadn’t been a queer illness, we would have done it more quickly.”
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With such a total of 4,298 projected illnesses, Spain has emerged as one of the worst-hit nations outside of Africa.
The World Health Organization (W.H.O.) only last week urged homosexual and bisexual men to temporarily reduce the number of sexual partners they had.
According to W.H.O. Filmmaker Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, “for males who have sex with men, this would include, for the present time, lowering your number of partners and swapping contact information with any different partners to allow follow-up if necessary.”
Tedros also urged Big Tech companies to control the stigma that would be attached to eradicating the virus.
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“Stigmatism and prejudice may spread the disease and be as harmful as any infection. Misinformation, as we have seen with COVID-19, may spread quickly online,” he added.
“The state wants to immunize those who are most at risk right away,” according to Nahum Cabrera, who leads an umbrella organization of much more than 50 LGBTQ institutions throughout Spain.
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According to him, “it runs the danger of giving the general public a false feeling of security and they could relax into believing they are secure and that it only occurs to guys who do have sex with men.”
“We are dealing with a medical emergency. People believe it is unimportant and not serious because it affects the LGBTI population,” according to Ivan Zaro of the Imagina MAS (Imagine More) NGO.
“Exactly the same thing happened with HIV 40 years ago.”