Sex between men transmits more monkeypox than skin contact

Studies show that sex between men has caused more monkeypox infections than bodily fluids such as saliva and skin contact. According to an article in the medical journal New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), published in July, 98% of those infected were bisexual or homosexual men.

Then another research on the subject was published in the medical journal The Lancet, with a sample of 181 infected Spanish patients. The article pointed out that most lesions are associated with receptive anal or oral sex, with rashes typically found in the genital, oral and anal regions.

Men having sex with other men

A third paper, this time published in the medical journal BMJ, with nearly 200 patients living in London, England, confirmed the disease pattern, where most of those infected are men who have sex with men. Lesions that transmit the virus have been found mainly in the genital and perianal region.

18 to 44 years old

The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that three-quarters (3/4) of monkeypox cases are in men between the ages of 18 and 44. This age group is common for other sexually transmitted diseases.

The majority of cases, about a third, coexist with sexually transmitted infections. Public health policies aimed at containing the outbreak of the disease in all countries have yet to be updated.

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