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UN Agency Decries ‘Homophobic and Racist Stereotypes’ in Monkeypox Coverage

UN Agency Decries ‘Homophobic and Racist Stereotypes’ in Monkeypox Coverage

Meanwhile, in the real world, the CDC is following five suspected US cases spread through four states.

On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) alerted gay and bisexual men that monkeypox appears to be spreading in the gay community globally.

Dr. John Brooks, a CDC official, emphasized that anyone can contract monkeypox through close personal contact regardless of sexual orientation. However, Brooks said many of the people affected globally so far are men who identify as gay or bisexual. Though they may have greater chance of exposure to monkeypox right now, that doesn’t mean the risk is limited only to the gay and bisexual community, he cautioned.

“We want to help people make the best informed decisions to protect their health and the health of their community from monkeypox,” Brooks said.

Monkeypox is not a sexually transmitted disease, which is generally passed through semen or vaginal fluid, but it can be transmitted through sexual and intimate contact as well as through shared bedding. The virus spreads through contact with body fluids and sores, Brooks said.

Taking a page from the AIDS playbook, representatives from one United Nations decided to take the viral justice path and decried reports describing the information on the current cases as “homophobic,” referring to racism for good measure.

UNAIDS released a statement on Sunday condemning reporting on monkeypox that includes “portrayals of LGBTI and African people” that the agency said “reinforce homophobic and racist stereotypes and exacerbate stigma.”

“Lessons from the AIDS response show that stigma and blame directed at certain groups of people can rapidly undermine outbreak response,” the group’s statement said.

The U.N. agency added that a “significant portion” of cases reported thus far were “identified among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men, with some cases identified through sexual health clinics.”

It urged “media, governments, and communities to respond with a rights-based, evidence-based approach that avoids stigma.”

“Stigma and blame undermine trust and capacity to respond effectively during outbreaks like this one,” UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director Matthew Kavanagh said in the agency’s Sunday statement.

Meanwhile, the CDC is following five suspected US cases spread through four states in the real world.

Utah is now the fourth U.S. state to probe suspected cases of monkeypox, after two individuals fell ill with symptoms of the disease following international travel, state officials reported Monday.

Officials in the state said the two adults — who have not been named — live in the same house in Salt Lake County and began experiencing a ‘mild illness’ shortly after returning from abroad. They are now in isolation and there is ‘no risk’ of wider transmission.

It was not revealed where the individuals had returned from, but the Department of Health said it was an area ‘currently experiencing monkeypox cases’.

A total of five confirmed or suspected cases of the virus — normally confined to West or Central Africa — have now been detected in America. One case has been confirmed in Massachusetts, while infections are still being probed in New York City and Florida.

Globally, more than 100 cases have been detected across at least 16 countries — mostly in Europe — with a disproportionate number among gay and bisexual men.

Biden was asked if the government would impose quarantines due to the spate of cases.

‘No, I don’t think so. Look, we’ve had this monkeypox in larger numbers in the past,’ he said at a press conference in Tokyo after talks with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

‘Number two, we have vaccines to take care of it. Number three, thus far, there doesn’t seem to be the need for any kind of extra efforts beyond what’s going on.

‘I just don’t think it rises to the level of the kind of concern that existed with Covid-19,’ he said, adding that he believes the United States has enough smallpox vaccine stockpiled.

Hopefully, members of the Biden administration won’t walk that statement back like they have had to for others.

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Comments

UnCivilServant | May 24, 2022 at 9:11 am

Dissolve the UN, it’s long past being nothing but a rotting husk of corruption.

So, stay away from facts to avoid stigma.
Alrighty.
Makes so much sense.

I expect that soon we will see the meaning of the word “fact” changed in the dictionaries.

    Paddy M in reply to Exiliado. | May 24, 2022 at 9:37 am

    Countless lives were lost in the 80s and early 90s thanks to frauds like Fauci and idiots like Oprah urging people to avoid stigma. We see it now with the “healthy at any size” nonsense.

    CommoChief in reply to Exiliado. | May 24, 2022 at 10:05 am

    It’s one thing to seek to counter untruth that suggests the illness is only a risk to a small subset of the population. It’s quite another to hide facts relevant to the locus of the current spread.

    Facts and truths are important. Putting out the almost certain origin event allows attendees to be informed, monitor themselves for symptoms and seek medical evaluation; all of which will limit wider community spread. Facts allow us to understand risk levels, take precautions, avoid dangerous situations and mitigate risks.

    At every turn the public health community undermines their ability to persuade because they continue to make the truth their primary enemy instead of the current disease.

      Peabody in reply to CommoChief. | May 24, 2022 at 11:31 am

      Yeah, Well, instead of dealing the with problem they are concerned with controlling speech about the problem.

      Dathurtz in reply to CommoChief. | May 24, 2022 at 2:18 pm

      What’s the quote? Something like “If you want to help somebody, then you tell the truth. If you want to help yourself you tell a lie.”

      henrybowman in reply to CommoChief. | May 24, 2022 at 3:15 pm

      “Dr. John Brooks, a CDC official, emphasized that anyone can contract monkeypox through close personal contact regardless of sexual orientation. However, Brooks said many of the people affected globally so far are men who identify as gay or bisexual. Though they may have greater chance of exposure to monkeypox right now, that doesn’t mean the risk is limited only to the gay and bisexual community, he cautioned.”

      Yeah, that’s the same lie-by-omission they told about AIDS.
      Straights COULD get it… but statistically it was highly improbable.

      (Now a CDC AIDS page admits that “of the 34,800 estimated new HIV infections in the US in 2019, 70% were among gay and bisexual men” Left unstated on that page was the further fact that gay and bisexual men comprise only 2% of the population. That means gay and bisexual men are over 11.4 times more likely to get AIDS than others, And even that seems low to me, so please check my math: (34800*.7/.2)/(34800*.3/.98).)

        henrybowman in reply to henrybowman. | May 24, 2022 at 5:06 pm

        Yup, porked the math. One decimal point in the wrong place:
        (34800*.7/.02)/(34800*.3/.98) = 114 1/3 times more likely to get AIDS.
        That’s more in the range I was expecting.

Well that didn’t take long. Sounds all too familiar. Pretty soon ‘monkeypox’ will have its own set of civil rights and victim status.

“The Department of Health said it was an area ‘currently experiencing monkeypox cases’.”

Was there electronic dance music being played in this area, UTDoH?

chrisboltssr | May 24, 2022 at 9:45 am

Yeah, don’t warn gays to not engage in gay sex to avoid getting a deadly disease! To do so is homophobic! Yeah, that’s the ticket!

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to chrisboltssr. | May 24, 2022 at 9:57 am

    I don’t think courses in logic are being taught anymore.

    MattMusson in reply to chrisboltssr. | May 24, 2022 at 11:07 am

    But, it’s not really that deadly. It is a variant similar to Cow Pox that people used to deliberately infect themselves with to avoid Small Pox.

      goddessoftheclassroom in reply to MattMusson. | May 24, 2022 at 11:42 am

      …which is where the word “vaccine” (vacca=cow) comes from!

      henrybowman in reply to MattMusson. | May 24, 2022 at 3:19 pm

      Oh, but they’re not selling it that way to the CNN crowd. No, my 104yo mother is now droning on about this “horrible!” new disease.
      “Mom, it’s about as dangerous as chickenpox.”
      “No, no, you should see the sores! They’re horrible! People are dying from it! They’re going to go back to the masks soon!”

      Thank you so much, swamp, for filling the final few years of my mother’s life with terror.

What does the UN have to say about breat cancer?

    scooterjay in reply to scooterjay. | May 24, 2022 at 9:55 am

    Breast

      healthguyfsu in reply to scooterjay. | May 24, 2022 at 7:42 pm

      It affects all birthing persons equally, regardless of gender because we are all the same but all different. A man is just as likely to be taking blockers and estrogens and get it as a woman dont’cha know.

Since the nations of the world are not really united, why don’t we go back to a League of Nations and clear up the confusion?

It’s true that it isn’t only gay or bisexual men who can get the disease. In 2003, the US saw an outbreak carried by imported pet prairie dogs. And it’s quite possible for some people who recently traveled to endemic areas in Africa to come home infected. But right now, the subculture of men having promiscuous sex with other men is the only realistic prospect for community spread. When you try to hide that fact, everybody sees that you’re willing to use deception for political ends. Once that happens, you’re left basically begging people to trust you because your motives for lying are pure – but the thing is, you can’t trust a liar about their motives any more than you can trust them about anything else.

    Peabody in reply to Flatworm. | May 24, 2022 at 11:36 am

    “…but the thing is, you can’t trust a liar about their motives any more than you can trust them about anything else.”

    If you can’t trust them, what good are they? Why do we support them? We are largest provider of financial support to the UN, providing 22 percent of their entire budget.

clayusmcret | May 24, 2022 at 12:28 pm

The people who spread it are the people who spread it. Don’t blame the people who notice.

The truth is that young gay men tend to be highly promiscuous.

It appears that the gay pride event in the Canary Islands was a super spreader event.

This seems like it should be a valuable teaching moment… promiscuous sexual contact, in addition to spreading sexually transmitted diseases, can also transmit non sexually transmitted diseases.

But no, we can’t hurt anyone’s FEELZ.

Why are libs so Veritaphobic?

And AIDS before that. Trans/homosexual males, not females, specifically socially liberal, and couples who mimic couplets engaged in digestive intercourse. The same inclusive club that experienced outbreaks during the Covid-19, 20, 21, 22 viral spread.

Comanche Voter | May 24, 2022 at 12:51 pm

So if I don’t get into bed with a gay or transgender black guy, my chances of getting Monkeypox are slim? Who knew!

OTOH I’m pretty sure that I’m not going to get exposed.

    Trans/homosexual male, but also a female with back… black hole… whore h/t NAACP envy. The rectum, coupled with a socially liberal (e.g. promiscuous) orientation, is a super transmission path for blood and fecal-borne diseases. Don’t forget your… uh, “mask”. “#NoJudgment #NoLabels

Just like Fauci and his bullshit decades ago with AIDS, where he said teenage girls should wear dental dams for oral sex instead of admitting that 90% of the cases came from gay men.

“Monkeypox is not a sexually transmitted disease”

Baloney. Once again the left alters science to match their agenda.

“Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections transmitted from an infected person to an uninfected person through sexual contact.”

– National Institute of Allergy and Infections Diseases.

    pst314 in reply to Gosport. | May 24, 2022 at 9:26 pm

    But monkeypox is also transmitted by non-sexual contact.

      henrybowman in reply to pst314. | May 25, 2022 at 1:42 am

      Just not as surely.
      You can catch AIDS from a transfusion and some people did. But comparatively few.
      Most AIDS is caught from gay sex. Period.
      And right now, that’s how monkeypox is spreading.
      Gay men aren’t the target, they’re the vector.
      They are no more than the Zika mosquitos of monkeypox.
      Find a culture that spreads it really fast, then just put ’em on planes and sit back.

      Gosport in reply to pst314. | May 25, 2022 at 9:49 am

      The point is, for political correctness reasons the CDC is claiming Monkeypox isn’t an STD when it most certainly is, no matter whatever else it might be.

      That lie is potentially quite harmful.

      Truth and science once again fall victim to wokeness.

healthguyfsu | May 24, 2022 at 7:41 pm

So, if you’re gay and promiscuous, you might end up with monkeypox because we didn’t inform you that you are in an at-risk group but …

HEY AT LEAST WE DIDN”T MICROAGGRESS YOU! YOU’RE WELCOME AND ENJOY YOUR STAY IN THE HOSPITAL!

The “lessons of Aids” is that the all out attempt to deny science in the face of wokeness and a political agenda to normalize homosexuality and in particular promiscuous unprotected sex killed untold thousands of gay men and women. Just like AIDS, normal people that don’t engage in a risky sexual lifestyle have little to fear from this. Just another hysteria to pop up right about the time the WHO is making a big push for global control.

    diver64 in reply to diver64. | May 25, 2022 at 3:52 am

    By “normal” I meant the average person who doesn’t engage in risky lifestyle choices which is the overwhelming majority of people.

If you don’t like the message, shoot the messenger. Yeah, that’ll make the message go away.
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