Diseases

What is the WHO doing about the dehumanising information about monkeypox being spread online?

We have heard and seen messages stigmatising specific racial and ethnic groups in relation to this monkeypox epidemic. This is incorrect, and we want to make that very clear. First of all, everyone who has close physical contact of any kind with someone who has monkeypox is at danger, regardless of who they are, what they do, with whom they have sex, or for any other reason. Second, stigmatising someone because of a disease or condition is wrong. Stigma will likely just exacerbate the situation and keep us from acting swiftly to stop this pandemic. We must all come together to help anyone who has the illness or is caring for those who are ill. We all understand how to combat this disease and protect one another and other individuals. Discrimination and stigma are never acceptable, and given this pandemic, they are more unacceptable. We are all a part of this.

Is it accurate to say that having HIV makes me more likely to get monkeypox, experience severe symptoms, or perish away from it?

Close contact with someone who has monkeypox increases the chance of others getting the illness. If HIV is not treated, your immune system may be compromised.

According to some data, having a compromised immune system may increase your risk of obtaining monkeypox if exposed, of getting a major illness, or of dying from monkeypox. But more information is needed in order to understand this in its entirety.

A condition associated with monkeypox may be more contagious in those with underlying immune deficiencies. If people with HIV are aware of their condition, have access to medicine, and take it as prescribed, they can achieve viral suppression. This shows that, in comparison to not getting medication, patients’ immune systems are less vulnerable to developing new diseases. In the present outbreak, there have been many HIV-positive people, but there have only been a few severe cases, maybe because their HIV infection was under control.

Studies are being carried out to find out more about these problems.

Keep a safe distance from anyone displaying symptoms if you have a lot of sexual partners, particularly those with HIV, to reduce your risk of developing monkeypox. Less intercourse with more people may reduce your risk.

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