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Monkeypox Realities Cloud Gay Dreams of “Invincible Summer”

Monkeypox Realities Cloud Gay Dreams of “Invincible Summer”

The decisions being made today are far different than those they were planning to make in the post-covid summer of fun originally planned.

There are signs that people have learned many valuable lessons about narrative reporting on infectious disease outbreaks.

While many public health officials and media outlets bitterly clung to the assertion that “everyone is at risk” for monkeypox infection, a few outlets and disease specialists continued highlighting the link between sex-between-men and its spread.

The gay community is heeding the actual science. In an NBC report, members of the gay community describe the lifestyle choices they are now making in the wake of the outbreak.

The decisions today are far different than those they were planning to make in the post-covid summer of fun originally planned.

Over 100 gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people [GBTQ] responded to an NBC News online survey seeking to learn about how monkeypox has affected their lives. What this diverse cross-section of the community most had in common were missed opportunities. They wrote about sex they never had, dates they never went on and gatherings with friends they avoided.

All that avoidance, the respondents made evident, was enmeshed in a cat’s cradle of fear — of contagion, of pain and suffering, of lonely and potentially financially ruinous weeks of isolation at home should they contract the virus.

They spoke of a summer they had hoped would prove invincible but that for them has turned out to be anything but.

…Evidence suggests a recent tidal shift in sexual behaviors in responses to monkeypox. According to the American Men’s Internet Survey, which conducted an online poll in early August of 824 gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, 48% reported reducing their number of sexual partners because of the outbreak, while 50% reduced hook-ups and 49% reduced partners met on hookup apps or at sex venues.

There has been a notable reduction in the number of monkeypox cases. For example, there has been a dramatic decline in New York City (an epicenter of the outbreak in the country).

Data from the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene shows that as of Aug. 30, the latest date for which data is available, the Big Apple recorded a seven-day rolling average of 9 infections.

That’s an 82% decline from the seven-day rolling average of 50 recorded two weeks ago.

Since the outbreak began in mid-May, no state — or city — has recorded more monkeypox cases than New York, so a drop in infections could be a prediction of what is to come for the rest of the country.

“The good news is monkeypox is declining,” Dr. Roy Gulick, chief of the division of infectious diseases at Cornell University’s Weill Medical College, told ABC News. “Globally it’s declining and across the United States but being really led by the major cities and we’ve seen it right here in New York.”

Interestingly, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus recently reported a decline in monkeypox cases observed throughout North America and Europe.

Tedros made note of how monkeypox has quickly grown in prominence from being a little-known virus that was often only discussed within the context of countries where it is endemic.

With over 50,000 cases and 16 deaths due to monkeypox confirmed this year, Tedros said the number of cases has already exceeded the number of reported infections in the years since monkeypox was first identified in 1958.

“It’s encouraging to see that in some countries in Europe and North America we now see a sustained decline in cases, demonstrating the effectiveness of public health interventions and community engagement to track infections and prevent transmission,” said Tedros.

According to information from the European Union, reported monkeypox cases have seen a continued decline since peaking in mid-July.

Hopefully, the trend will hold, and people will continue to make wise choices. However, with colleges and universities beginning the fall semester, it may not. It depends on whether the science or the narrative is followed.

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Comments

1) Wasn’t AIDS a good enough lesson?

2) Don’t we all have to “watch our step” to avoid infections?

I am glad to see the gay community is not being lumped into a monolith of sexual promiscuity. The ones that are, though, are making a mess out of things.

    Diversity [dogma] (e.g. color blocs) is a politically congruent (“=”) policy.

    TheBerean in reply to Dimsdale. | September 7, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    The term “predatory homosexual” is not a 100% redundancy but pretty close. Not every predator is a homosexual and not every homosexual is a predator, but isn’t it remarkable how 5.1% of the population can make up 53% of predator “groomers.”

But the gay community as a whole IS engaged in sexual Promiscuity unfortunately.

Now this study was done in the mid 80’s and it’s astonishing in # of sex partners, more event is still up there, like 26 a year but that doesn’t count for the 10% who engage in orgies year round

https://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/pdf/10.2105/AJPH.75.5.493

Not saying non gays are getting it on, but let’s get real here

I guess LUVV isn’t winning.

So? This is the same damage that Covid did to everyone: lockdowns and worse.

The main damage was that they didn’t dare have anal sex, and that ruined their summer, proving how important and vital anal sex is in the life of the visible gay men’s community. Meanwhile in the middle-school indoctrination they tell kids that gay men have a variety of different forms of sexual activity. Nah, it’s buttfxxxing pretty much, and this isn’t even disclosed to kids they are trying to recruit because it would gross them out.

Reminds me of Steinbeck’s “The Summer of our Discontent.”

Transgender pride before the fall. AIDS, too. Covid-19/20/21/22, also, with digestive intercourse through the back… black hole… whore h/t NAACP, exacerbated by socially liberal behavior. They normalized a wicked solution for women who bear burdens.

This is yet another proof. that there is no such thing as casual sex of any kind without some consequences

“They spoke of a summer they had hoped would prove invincible but that for them has turned out to be anything but.”

It turns out that your vulnerability to contagious diseases has to do with your behavior. Who’d have thought?

You don’t wanna get a resp virus? Don’t be breathing other people’s air.

Don’t wanna get icky-pox (of any kind?) Don’t be rubbing up against other people who have icky-pox, or might.

Don’t wanna get sick, miserable, creaky and cranky? Take care of your bod.

So, is telling people who like a particular practice that that practice has some risks, perhaps consequences “stigmatizing?” It depends. If they’re passive bots, they can only be labeled. If they have agency, cluing them in is empowering. It’s respect and a complement: You are worth protecting, capable of protecting yourself — here’s a way how.

The “Progressive” true believers really only object to the livestock, of whatever kind, having agency.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair | September 5, 2022 at 5:02 pm

The gay community is heeding the actual science. In an NBC report, members of the gay community describe the lifestyle choices they are now making in the wake of the outbreak.

Homosexual men are restricting their anonymous anal sexual contacts to 4 unique men per night out. It’s tough, but they’re determined to show normal people that they can control themselves like anyone else.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair | September 5, 2022 at 5:05 pm

Over 100 gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people [GBTQ]

Huh? “people”? We’re only talking about men. And “queer” covers the lot of them. It’s an umbrella term, not a separate category.

“They spoke of a summer they had hoped would prove invincible but that for them has turned out to be anything but.”

Huh? Did somebody cure AIDS while I wasn’t looking?

    Sonnys Mom in reply to henrybowman. | September 6, 2022 at 7:17 am

    Ummm… no. But we have learned one thing for sure: after years of R&D to develop and produce antiretroviral drugs and develop specialized medical treatment protocols, exhortations to change behavior or at least take precautions, charities to benefit research, community activism and outreach to help those infected, this population has learned very, very little.

The more common homosexual orgies become, thanks to indoctrination in our schools starting at pre-school level, the more frequent the outbreaks of new diseases will be.

The health risks from sodomy are enormous. Media never talks about this. Even now, with Monkeypox afflicting sodomites, the messaging from the media and government almost always talks about it as if it were an issue for the general public, rather than the <1% of the most promiscuous homosexual men, who themselves are only 1-2% of the male population in the country.

They did the same thing with AIDS for decades.

If you don’t want to contract “it,” don’t do “it.” Simple as that.
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“According to the American Men’s Internet Survey, which conducted an online poll in early August of 824 gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, ”

Who are these men who have sex with other men that aren’t gay or bisexual?

    Plato in reply to annuk. | September 6, 2022 at 11:51 am

    I believe those are previously-assigned “birthing persons” who have removed their tatas and crossed over to the dark side, though, given the fluidity nowadays, don’t quote me on this one. 🙂

This is a pandemic of the emasculated. Each should be confined to their homes and forced to wear six hundred and sixty-six masks, while prescribed a full, five-day course of Ivermectin.