Monkeypox: "Gay stigma reminds me of 1980s HIV"

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"There are risk practices, not risk groups," says the young man, one of the first people to contract the disease in Spain

Daniel, a 27-year-old journalist from Barcelona and one of the first patients in Spain to contract the
monkey poxexplained to Efe that
“the stigma that it is a gay disease” it reminds him of "the HIV/AIDS of the eighties" and warns of the danger that the rest of the population "relaxes" as if it were immune.

“There are risk practices, not risk groups”points out the young man, who sees in the treatment of some media and voices of the extreme right a stigmatization of the
LGTBI collective taking advantage of monkeypox.

“It is not a sexually transmitted disease, you can get it from a hug, a kiss, from sharing a towel on the beach, but it is all part of the stigma,
as it happened with the discourse of the 80s on HIV/AIDS. It tries to focus and blame people for being sick. It is blaming a collective that is already vulnerable for the simple fact of being different, “she points out.

In his case, he explains that he went to the
Pride festival in the Canary Islands and, after returning, he began to suffer from high fevers that he did not give importance to until he began to see blisters on his ankles like the ones that appeared on television.

«I went to the hospital and since there was not much information yet, they took me to the tropical disease box and even put me in a diving suit. The truth is that I was afraid
it seemed that he had something very serious like Ebola«, narrates.

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The treatment was based on reducing the fever and staying in strict isolation for 21 days, he points out.

«Luckily I had a more or less mild experience, the blisters didn't hurt; the worst thing was the swollen lymph nodes, it was the most cumbersome, ”recalls Daniel.

It is clear to him that in his case the contagion was the result of a sexual practice in the Canary Islands with someone who had previously been infected in Madrid, where it is believed that it began in Spain.

After confirming his monkeypox, he remembers that he had to make "the list" of close contacts to warn them.

"It's cumbersome and uncomfortable but you have to do it to cut transmission"it states.

Asked if he does not believe that massive festivals should be restricted until progress is made in vaccination, he denies that no one should stop doing anything, especially in the collective.

«The problem is not the parties, what must be combated is the gay stigma. Because if it is believed that it only affects the collective, the rest of the population can relax and increase the contagion there », he considered.

“We have to be prudent, take advantage of the fact that now we are vaccinated and
not stop doing anything for fear of getting sick. You have to live with it. Diseases exist, “he added.

That smallpox and the LGTBI community have been linked and stigmatized from the beginning is also partly to blame, in his opinion, the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who a few weeks ago said that Until the disease was controlled, gay men had to limit their sexual partners.

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"Those words were very unfortunate and stigmatizing and do not help raise awareness in society as a whole," Daniel pointed out.

Confirmed cases of monkeypox in Spain continue to rise and
5,162 have already been notifiedwhich is 585 more than last week, according to data from the National Epidemiological Surveillance Network (RENAVE) as of August 9, published last Tuesday by Health.

To date, most of the cases detected in Spain and the rest of the non-endemic countries related to this outbreak are mild, with a
low hospital admission and case-fatality ratio.

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