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Men line up in New York City to receive a monkeypox vaccine. The disease is spreading rapidly through the gay community. Photo: video screenshot.

Stop having sex, CDC tells gay men in attempt to stem monkeypox

Just days after the Biden administration issued a monkeypox public health emergency, the CDC is telling homosexual men to halt sexual activity.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday updated its monkeypox guideance saying homosexuals are most at risk and asked them, “take a temporary break” from all sexual activities to help “contain … the outbreak.”

The CDC directives may come as a surprise to some health officials in San Francisco and other cities with high homosexual populations who earlier said targeting the LGBTQ community with monkeypox information unfairly singled them out.

But now, the CDC doubling down that monkeypox is spreading almost entirely among gay and bi-sexual men.

The guidelines say gay men should avoid meet-ups, or “spaces” in which anonymous sex is performed with multiple strangers, limit the number of sexual partners; avoid “spaces” for anonymous sex with multiple partners; wear gloves during certain sex acts and wear condoms.

Friday’s update contains stronger messaging, with the CDC now saying “the best way to protect yourself and others is to avoid sex of any kind … while you are sick.” Gay men should also avoid touching themselves, especially areas that have “any rash.”

The webpage is graphic look into the homosexual community. It says festivals, where people are clothed, are safer but to avoid kissing strangers.

“A rave, party, or club where there is minimal clothing and where there is direct, personal, often skin-to-skin contact has some risk. Avoid any rash you see on others and consider minimizing skin-to-skin contact.”

–Wire services

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