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Two children in the US - one in California - have been diagnosed with monkeypox, an infectious virus similar to smallpox.

Both cases are "likely the result of household transmission" and "had no contact with each other," the Centers for Disease Control said in a statement.

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said both children live with gay men.

"Both of those children are traced back to individuals who come from the men who have sex with men community," said Walensky (see video below).

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The monkeypox infection rate in the U.S. is highest in the gay and bisexual community among men who have sex with men.

Monkeypox is not a sexually transmitted disease. It is not a gay disease.

Monkeypox infects adults with compromised immune systems, such as people who are diagnosed with HIV and AIDS, type 1 diabetes, Lupus, or people taking chemotherapy and other drugs.

Compromised immunity means an immune system that isn't functioning properly and does not protect against infection.

Monkeypox also infects pregnant women who may be temporarily immunosuppressed du to gestational diabetes, and babies and toddlers who do not have fully developed immune systems yet.

Monkeypox cases are rising in Atlanta, Georgia where more than 50% of gay males are infected with the HIV virus and have suppressed immune systems.

Monkeypox is spread through skin to skin contact and possibly through airborne droplets.

The virus is spread among people with weak immune systems and babies who don't have fully developed immune systems.

Monkeypox is not a fatal disease. Only 5 deaths have been recorded outside of the US. None in the US.

Even if your immune system is strong, stay vigilant, wash your hands and don't touch your face.

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Cases of Monkeypox have exploded due to close contact among men who have sex with men (MSM) in gay bathhouses.

Men who have sex with men comprise the vast majority of monkeypox cases in this unprecedented outbreak, NBC News reports.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has recorded 6,924 confirmed monkeypox cases in the global outbreak, the majority have occurred among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, the CDC reports.

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Skin-to-skin contact during sex is likely the primary driver of the virus's global spread thus far.

Bathhouses and gay sex clubs are breeding grounds for the virus, experts say.

NBC News spoke with 18 gay men who contracted monkeypox after having sex in sex clubs in New York and Europe.

The men described signs and symptoms including skin lesions, headaches, and debilitating pain.

"The thought of a full three-week quarantine is pretty scary," said John, 32, from New York City. He believes he contracted monkeypox after he hooked up with a man during Los Angeles's Pride events. "I'm just feeling disappointed and bummed out. It was a bummer to miss celebrating Pride" in New York.

"I feel like this is something that's about to hit pretty hard," John said. "It's on us to look after our own."

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Dozens of outraged customers deleted their Postmates app over the company's "Bottom-Friendly Menu" campaign.

The controversial tweet was part of Postmate's "Bottom-Friendly" menu campaign that includes the hashtag #EatWithPride.

"You shouldn't miss a good meal for a good time. That's why this Pride, we've teamed up with @DrEvanGoldstein and @smartthrob to create the world's first Bottom-Friendly Menu (yup, it's real). #EatWithPride."

The tweet included a graphic that explained the proper diet for "tops" and "bottoms" to ensure that everyone has a good time.

"If you're a top, it seems you can eat whatever you want," said the narrator over an image of a masculine eggplant wearing leather and chains.

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The narrator explained that men who are "bottoms" must be more picky about what they eat to avoid "causing a traffic jam in your digestive system making a mess of your evening."

A Twitter follower wrote in response to the campaign:

"Honestly, this is the level of Pride other corps should strive for. If you're not literally helping us have sex, can you really call yourself an ally?"

To which Postmates responded:

"Exactly. We're tired of heterosexual sex being the main focus of sexual education. Homosexual sex, specifically bottoming, is all too often omitted and stigmatized. Not this year. Happy Pride!"

Offended Twitter followers deleted their Postmates apps.

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The United Nations issued a warning that "homophobic and racist" language used in news reports on monkeypox cases jeopardizes public health.

As previously reported, 89 confirmed cases of monkeypox in Europe are all men who have sex with men (MSM).

Dr. Amesh Adalia, of Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, says "monkeypox is not a threat to the general public. This is something we've dealt with before."

He added, "What's interesting about this outbreak that's occurring now is it's transmitting person to person with people who haven't been to any of the endemic areas in Africa - haven't had contact with animals. So, we've got epidemiological work to do to halt this outbreak. It's not something that has pandemic potential..."

Dr. Adalia seemed to confirm that monkeypox only affects a certain group of people through person to person contact.

However, UNAIDS says pointing out any link to the gay community and monkeypox transmission causes "stigma" and will have a "devastating effect" on the public's response to the outbreak.

"Stigma and blame undermine trust and capacity to respond effectively during outbreaks like this one," Matthew Kavanagh, UNAIDS deputy executive director, said Sunday in a statement.

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UNAIDS, which was launched in 1996 as a global response to the AIDS epidemic, is now urging media outlets to report on the spread of monkeypox "with a rights-based, evidence-based approach that avoids stigma."

According to UNAIDS, the decades long fight to end AIDS round the world — "show that stigma and blame directed at certain groups of people can rapidly undermine outbreak response."

"Stigma hurts everyone. Shared science and social solidarity help everyone," said Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh reiterated that "this disease can affect anyone" and he thanked members of the LGBTQ community "for having led the way on raising awareness."

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Health officials in 16 countries are "alarmed" at the number of new cases of a novel strain of monkeypox virus.

16 countries - including the United States, England, Spain, Italy, Belgium and Denmark have confirmed monkeypox infections among gay and bisexual men.

Symptoms of monkeypox include fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, weakness, and swollen lymph nodes (in neck, armpits and groin areas. Symptoms are followed by itchy blisters that burst and crust over.
 
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Health officials are "alarmed" at the "unprecedented" clusters of cases, which disproportionately affect men in the LGBT community.

Denmark is the latest to confirm a case in a man who recently returned from Spain.

The CDC first detected cluster cases of monkeypox virus in the United States in 2003. But the recent outbreaks are caused by a new strain that is spreading rapidly by sexual contact.

Despite the increase in cases, health experts insist monkeypox won't spiral out of control like Covid-19, which shut down the world in 2020.

Through the first months of 2020, more than 4,500 monkeypox cases and 171 deaths have been tracked by the World Health Organization (WHO).

"The cases currently being detected are among those engaging in sexual activity, and the symptoms are unfamiliar to many," the WHO said in a statement.

EU health authorities are telling member states to prepare monkeypox vaccine plan.

No monkeypox virus exists, however, smallpox vaccine is reportedly 85% effective against monkeypox.

The White House said smallpox vaccines are on stockpile from previous monkeypox outbreaks. No mandatory lockdowns or other prevention measures are planned in the US.

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The CDC first detected cluster cases of monkeypox virus in the United States in 2003.

As cases of a "new" monkeypox spreads in US cities, experts are questioning whether the virus is sexually transmitted.

Symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache, muscle aches, weakness, and swollen lymph nodes (in neck, armpits and groin areas. Symptoms are followed by blisters that burst and crust over.

Health officials say monkeypox infection can be prevented by vaccines stockpiled from previous outbreaks.

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The viral disease is believed to be spread to humans by domestic prairie dogs and other exotic animals being kept as household pets.

Health officials wonder if the recent spike in monkeypox cases in the U.S. and Europe is caused by a "new" virus.

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Through the first months of 2020, more than 4,500 cases and 171 deaths have been tracked by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Now officials fear that monkeypox has mutated into a new, more contagious virus that is sexually transmitted.

"The cases currently being detected are among those engaging in sexual activity, and the symptoms are unfamiliar to many," the WHO said in a statement.

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Dr. Jeremy Faust discovered that all 89 confirmed monkeypox cases in Europe are among men who had sex with men.

Of the cases confirmed in Europe, Dr. Faust said, "all 89 are males, a large number of whom are young and middle-aged adults."

Dr. Faust said the evidence "suggests strongly" that monkeypox may still be primarily spread through sexual contact, a known major mode of transmission.

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He said if the virus was spread through the air via respiratory droplets or surface to skin contact, some women would be infected by now.

Virologist Angela Rasmussen believes the virus is spread within a sexual network of men who then travel, which explains why the virus is popping up in other countries.




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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a warning about a Meningococcal outbreak affecting gay and bisexual men living with HIV in Florida.

Meningococcal disease is caused by an infection due to the bacteria Neisseria meningitidis. The bacterium can cause meningitis and a life-threatening blood infection called meningococcemia (septicemia).

Meningitis and meningococcemia are medical emergencies. Meningococcemia (sepsis) can kill in as little as a few hours.

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What is Meningitis?

Meningitis is a potentially deadly and highly infectious disease that causes inflammation of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord.

Symptoms of meningitis include fever, headache, and neck stiffness, sensitivity to bright lights, nausea, vomiting, and confusion.

What is Meningococcemia Septicemia?

Meningococcemia is a deadly blood infection caused by the Neisseria meningitidis bacteria. It multiplies in the bloodstream and damages the walls of blood vessels causing multiple organ failure. Patients diagnosed with Meningococcemia septicemia are treated in the intensive care unit (ICU) isolation room to prevent infecting other patients in ICU.

Signs and symptoms of meningococcemia (sepsis) include flu-like symptoms, fever, chills, fatigue, weakness, nausea and/or vomiting, diarrhea, and severe aches and pains in the muscles, joints, chest and/or abdomen. Cold feet and hands usually appear before a skin rash.

Contact your health care provider or go to an emergency room if you are experiencing symptoms.

According to the CDC, gay and bisexual men living with HIV and other men who have sex with men should get the MenACWY vaccine ASAP if they live in Florida.

The CDC also recommends the vaccine for gay or bisexual men planning to visit Florida.

The Florida Department of Health in Leon County is investigating three confirmed cases of meningococcal disease in males in Tallahassee aged 18 to 22.

The CDC urges male college and university students, immunocompromised individuals, men living with HIV and other men who have sex with men to get vaccinated against the disease immediately.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first ever condom made specifically for gay males.

The FDA has authorized the sturdy condoms for use during anal intercourse, specifically green-lighting the condom for the LGBT+ community.

The One Male Condom was designed and manufactured by the Global Protection Corporation.

Most condoms are already recommended for anal sex, but they are required to be marketed specifically towards vaginal sex.

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The One Male Condom will be marketed specifically towards gay males. The FDA's approval is seen as a victory for sexual health by experts, since unprotected anal sex is considered the highest risk for HIV transmission.

"The FDA's authorization of a condom that is specifically indicated, evaluated and labeled for anal intercourse may improve the likelihood of condom use during anal intercourse," said FDA scientist Courtney Lias in a statement.

In clinical studies, the durable condoms prevented transfer of bodily fluids in 95% of test subjects. The study included 252 straight men between ages 18 and 54.

"The important thing about condoms is they don't just prevent HIV, but they prevent gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis," Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease doctor and medical director of an HIV clinic in San Francisco, told AFP.

She added it was surprising that the FDA authorization took so long to occur.

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