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monkeypox, homophobia 

WHO: "For the moment this is an outbreak that's concentrated among men who have sex with men, especially those who have multiple partners […]"

also WHO:

"[…] transmitted […] by close contact with lesions, body fluids, respiratory droplets and contaminated materials such as bedding."

"While close physical contact is a well-known risk factor for transmission, it is unclear at this time if monkeypox can be transmitted specifically through sexual transmission routes."

monkeypox, homophobia 

If you assume cases are limited to gay men, and subsequently only test gay men, you'll only detect cases amongst gay men.

You don't need a doctorate in epidemiology to figure out that's terrible science and policy.

There's no way the WHO has never heard of confirmation bias. Or is not aware of the horrible homophobic history of the AIDS epidemic and the likely consequences of blaming gay people for this epidemic.

This can't just be incompetence. It has to be malice.

monkeypox, homophobia 

It's so weird how the CDC's isolation guidelines don't make it sound like a sexually transmitted disease at all. Or mention anything about gay men.

"Wear well-fitting source control (e.g., medical mask) when in close contact with others at home."

"Do not share potentially contaminated items, such as bed linens, clothing, towels, wash cloths, drinking glasses or eating utensils."

"Isolate in a room or area separate from other household members and pets when possible."

monkeypox, homophobia 

Meanwhile:

"In the African epidemics, 90% of the patients were children younger than 15 years."

"Death rates are disproportionately high in African children."

It seems extremely unlikely there will not be a outbreaks (and possibly deaths, though I hope not) amongst children in the West as well.

And the current framing of monkeypox as a sexually transmitted disease (which it's not) that only affects gay men (which it doesn't) will get people killed when it does.

monkeypox, homophobia 

@meganeko@miaow.gay yeh from everything I've heard about, it being concentrated on mlm guys seems mooostly just coincidental, but also like the demographics of who gets it iiis important ig? sucks tho bc homophobes are gonna immediately jump on it and be like "oh it's a PUNishMENT from GAWD"

monkeypox, homophobia 

@meganeko i don’t think it’s malace but there’s definitely homophobia happening with it, probably some not small degree of confirmation bias too, and as in a different part of the thread someone said there are two strains, the one spreading globally hasn’t resulted in any deaths yet, the one causing deaths is currently isolated to south africa but as we’ve seen with covid it’s probably gonna spread or the global one is gonna mutate.

and people definitely aren’t going to take this seriously because one homophobia and two we’ve been living with covid since 2019 and many people feel exhausted from all the prevention that they just aren’t doing it.

as an immuno compromised disabled person: i hate this So Much

monkeypox, homophobia 

@foxes the WHO etc. can't possibly be unaware of the consequences of framing this as a "gay disease". either they do it on purpose or they just don't care about the damage it will cause. either way it's malice. and not even helping anyone, so it makes no sense from a public health perspective.

monkeypox, homophobia 

@meganeko yea im startin to get stressed about this

mpx just shut down a school in india and one in the uk last week iirc?

monkeypox, homophobia 

@meganeko xD xD xD xD xD

I am sorry, but... they are SO FUNNY XD Not on purpose, of course, and yes, this is very "nasty" (let's say), but... OH MY XD XD XD XD XD

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@meganeko

I think there's two different strains of hMPXV in Africa, one of which is more deadly than the other.

It's thought we got lucky and the less deadly strain is the one that got out.

It escaped out of the deliberately ignored content of Africa though "MSM" but anyone paying attention knows that it's going to spread to others in the near future. One virologist expressed her worries about it spreading among university students.

Her comments, me talking about it, and someone on one of the WHO advisory panels linking to the WHO hMPXV interim handbook.
twitter.com/aetiology/status/1

re: monkeypox, homophobia 

@alienghic AFAIK the currently spreading strain is still more risky for children (and pregnant people). And it looks like we're going to do absolutely nothing to protect them, just blame innocent gay people when they get ill.

re: monkeypox, homophobia 

@meganeko

Yep.

Guessing there'll be an an uptick in hate crimes against LGBT people like how random Asian people got attacked over COVID.

re: monkeypox, homophobia 

@meganeko

This looks like a useful take about MPX

twitter.com/jessdkant/status/1

"So let's talk monkeypox framing. This seems to be stumping people, so let's get down to it: contagions spread through contact between people. The more close and vigorous an activity, the more we breathe, sweat and touch others, the higher the likelihood of transmission. Period.

Every disease has a slightly different pathway of infection, but suffice to say if you were to have a passionate night with a person infected with, say, a viral hemorrhagic fever, you would likely contract that VHF. That does not make VHFs into STIs. It makes them contagious.

Early in the pandemic, there was a rash of SARS-CoV-2 outbreaks that were traced back to yoga studios. COVID is passed primarily through respiratory droplets. It turns out deep forceful respiration in close contact with infected people is the very best way to spread the virus.

That doesn't make SARS-CoV-2 a yoga-borne virus. It makes it what it is: a Severe Acute Respiratory Virus. The clue is in the name."

(She goes on for another 14 posts, but I liked the comparison that just because there were a bunch of SARS-CoV-2 outbreaks in yoga studios doesn't make it a yoga borne disease)

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@alienghic @meganeko wow i do wonder why they’re framing this one as a gay virus and not covid as anything else! (/s)

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@alienghic Good thread.

Adding: "The first documented cases in humans was in 1970, in six unvaccinated children during the smallpox eradication efforts".

This is not, and has never been, an STI or in any way a disease that affects mainly gay people. The current framing is harmful, malicious, and also just plain wrong.

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@alienghic "Monkeypox is not an STI. It just so happens that sex is a really great way to transmit it. That doesn't mean that it falls within the classification of STIs. It is a pox virus, like […] smallpox. I can assure you, smallpox was not an STI."

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@alienghic "The classification of STIs themselves may in fact be an issue, as it takes something without moral value, infection, and assigns it moral value in the context of a society which is incapable of admitting that people like to have sex and that that's a completely fine thing to do."

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@alienghic "But when we behave and frame conversations as if MPX is an STI, and STIs have always been historically blamed on two groups: sex workers and LGBT people, we set the stage for a group or handful of groups to receive the rage of a burned out population looking for someone to blame."

re: monkeypox, homophobia 

@meganeko (I know. that was a really good thread, wasn't it?)

re: monkeypox, homophobia 

@alienghic yeah. thx for the link ~

re: monkeypox, homophobia 

@alienghic "When we emphasize 'between strangers' as we've seen within most monkeypox coverage, we not only rely on pervasive sex negativity to victim-blame, but we communicate falsehoods about transmission that will ultimately cost lives and give the establishment someone else to blame."

re: monkeypox, homophobia 

@alienghic "The faster we move from 'it passes between MSM' to 'it passes between bodily contact with all people who have a monkeypox infection' the quicker people will be able to extrapolate that knowledge to their own risk factors, rather than deciding they're not at risk. We all are."

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@alienghic "When the HIV rate among cisgender, hetero women started skyrocketing, many people were truly baffled. Not because scientists didn't know this was possible and highly likely, but because homophobic framing had wrecked our ability to communicate about risk with people."

re: monkeypox, homophobia 

@meganeko ahh, good old medical homophobia

monkeypox, homophobia 

@meganeko@miaow.gay I saw that announcement and like 2 sentences in I was so confused what exactly it had to do with MLM and it tbh feels like a hit job, lgbts have it hard enough right now cdc don’t fckn do this smh :02angery:

monkeypox, homophobia 

@meganeko Thank you so much for this thread. When I read the news elsewhere about MPX being rhetorixed into homophobic nonsense, I got really annoyed. Now reading the quotes you posted (thank you!) make me angry and sad. This is so, so stupid, short-sighted, lame, and will backfire at some point. *sigh*

There is a chance that some statements were taken out of context by someone, even WHO-internally. But thenn really they have responsibility and should know better.

monkeypox, homophobia 

@floppy That first quote is from the WHO director. That's not out of context. That's official policy.

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