US declares monkeypox a health emergency

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The increase in cases of monkeypox worries the health services of several countries. The disease, remember, is not fatal in most cases, and is transmitted by close physical contact. The United States is currently the country with the most reported cases of monkeypox. And Joe Biden’s government has declared a public health emergency because of this outbreak. A much-awaited measure by organizations undertaking community health prevention tasks.

The United States government, criticized by several public health experts for its slowness in the fight against monkeypox, finally declared a health emergency because of this epidemic. With more than 7,000 cases, the United States is by far the country that reports the most cases of this disease, which currently mainly affects the LGBT population.

long Latino Commission on AIDS (Latin Committee against AIDS) which carries out missions of prevention against various diseases, one of the coordinators of the organization in New York, Lucciano Reberte, considers that it was essential to raise the level of alert against monkeypox. “This declaration will free up money to be able to buy and distribute more vaccines as well as treatments. It also allows to accelerate the collection of data to be able to design better public health strategies”, he explained.

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The US government has announced the distribution of 1 million 100 thousand doses in the coming months, for Reberte this amount is not enough to fight the epidemic. In New York, they distribute the vaccines “in priority to men who have sex with men, gay men, bisexuals, people who identify as sex workers and the transgender population. We have seen that the first people who have had access to these vaccines are predominantly male and white, so we are advocating for more equitable distribution of these few available vaccines, to reach minority populations and people of color.”

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A number of LGBT people, both in Europe and the United States, have expressed fear of being stigmatized, as was the case during the worst years of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

“It is important to recognize that the majority of cases of monkeypox, 90% of cases, have been in men who have sex with men and members of the LGTBQ community. However, it is a disease that can give anyone, therefore the message of education and prevention must be addressed to everyone, of course without stigmatization or discrimination, for public health strategies to be effective”, concluded Lucciano Reberte from Latino Commission on AIDS.

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