A woman told a doctor in Spain that she does not believe she can catch monkeypox from an infected person next to her, because she is “not gay.”
one in twitter threadDr. Arturo M. Henriques’s tweets were reposted and went viral.
The doctor was riding the subway in Madrid when a man was “absolutely stricken” with monkeypox wounds, including his hands.
“I see the situation and also the people around me as if nothing will happen,” the doctor said on Twitter.
As of August 1, there have been 23,276 confirmed cases of monkeypox worldwide. A high proportion is concentrated in men who have sex with men. However, the viral disease is not exclusive to this community and anyone can catch the virus after being in close contact with an infected person.
Henriques approached the man to ask what he was doing on the subway, as his wounds were highly contagious.
The man confirmed that he did indeed have the virus. However, he claimed that his doctor had only advised him to wear a mask instead of in isolation.
Monkeypox is mainly spread through direct, physical contact with an infected person. Wounds caused by an infected person are highly contagious when touched. Blister fluid coming out of the rash can also lead to infection.
“I tell him that the bruises he has all over his body are the most contagious. That I am a doctor and that he probably does not understand all the signs of his family doctor… to which he told me that he balls Will not touch the.…” tweeted the doctor.
Then Henriques turned to the woman who was sitting next to the man and asked him if she was afraid of getting sick with monkeypox, to which she replied: “How am I going? [get] What if I’m not gay?”
The woman then said that the government was advising “gay” […] To take care of himself.” Henriques then got off the subway.
A high proportion of monkeypox cases have affected the gay community and a stigma has attached itself to the virus, despite experts insisting that it is “not a gay disease.” The World Health Organization has reiterated this point as the virus continues to spread.
Colin Quinn is President of Communities at Include Health—a business that advocates for better health care within the LGBTQ+ community. They told newsweek That being part of the LGBTQ+ community themselves, they’ve noticed that the stigma has really started to creep in.
“Just a real life example. I was walking the streets of New York yesterday with my partner in what I thought was a very safe and friendly neighborhood.” “And someone, just a random person on the street started yelling at both of us to get out of our way and I don’t want your monkeypox. Don’t touch me. Don’t come near me, kind of thing.”
“So it’s like, you can see that the stigma is already beginning and why it’s so incredibly important that our public health officials, our politicians in our community, health centers all come together to make sure that Come we are really thoughtful about how we message and how we support not only the community that it is disproportionately affecting but also letting others know that there are risks.
“Many people have said it is not a homosexual disease. It is not a sexually transmitted virus or disease. There is nothing inherent in biology or a virus that is limited to men or gay men.”
Quinn said the virus continues to spread through “tight social groups” and that it “clearly does not discriminate.”
“This is already spreading beyond the gay and bisexual or broader LGBTQ+ community. So it is for those reasons that it is incredibly important that we learn from our past and our history,” he said. “I’ve already said that we’ve got our learnings from HIV/AIDS in the playbook, and that the lack of core messaging there has created so much stigma… [We need] To really learn from him.”