A new survey released by the CDC shows that nearly half of all gay and bi men in the U.S. have reduced their sexual activities as a response to the monkeypox outbreak. The data shows that 48% of gay & bi men have reduced sex partners, 50% have reduced one-time encounters and 49% have reduced sex with people they’ve met on apps or at sex venues.
In an online survey of gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men conducted during August 5-15, 2022, respondents reported changing their behavior because of the #monkeypox outbreak.— CDC (@CDCgov) August 22, 2022
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While efforts have been made to contain the outbreak, it was reported yesterday that the virus has been found in all 50 states for the first time. Although monkeypox isn’t a sexually transmitted disease and can be passed to anyone through close contact, the World Health Organization has revealed that 99% of reported monkeypox cases are among men and at least 95% of cases are among men that have sex with other men.
As of yesterday, there were 15,433 reported cases of Monkepox in the U.S. New York has the largest number of cases according to the CDC with nearly 3000 cases having been reported thus far. Followed by California, Florida, Texas and Georgia.
The White House declared monkeypox a public health emergency on August 4. Yet vaccines are still reserved for those who are considered to be at “high-risk” for contracting the disease.