An unusual spread of monkeypox doesn’t mean people should shun LGBTQ pride parades this summer, a World Health Organization expert said Monday, adding it was important to show support.
The usually mild illness that can cause flu-like symptoms and skin lesions has disproportionately affected men who have sex with men. Health officials have emphasized that the disease can be transmitted to anyone who has close contact, such as skin to skin, with an infected person.
“It’s important that people who want to go out and want to keep gay pride, LGBTQ pride, and plan to do so,” Andy Seale, a strategy advisor in the WHO’s Division of Sexually Transmitted Infection Programs, said at a WHO social media briefing. †
“Most of these events – the official events – are outdoors, they are family friendly. We see no real reason to be concerned about the increased likelihood of transmission in those contexts.”
Events related to many of the current cases took place in enclosed spaces such as nightclubs, he added.
Upcoming Pride marches are scheduled, among others, in New York on June 26 or in Berlin on July 23.
Another WHO official said the monkeypox outbreak outside Africa was unlikely to lead to a pandemic, adding that it remains unclear whether infected people who show no symptoms can transmit the disease.
More than 300 suspected and confirmed cases of monkey pox were reported in May, mainly in Europe.
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