Monkeypox: are we reacting fast enough to the crisis? – podcast

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There are around 2,600 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the UK, with gay and bisexual men most at risk of becoming infected. Dr Will Nutland on the response so far

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It’s only been three months since the first monkeypox cases were reported in the UK, but the UK Health Security Agency says there have since been around 2,600 confirmed cases. The number of cases around the world is increasing, and the World Health Organization has called the monkeypox outbreak a global health emergency.

While anyone can get monkeypox, the virus is largely spreading among men who have sex with men, particularly those who report having new or multiple sexual partners.

Dr Will Nutland, co-founder of the advocacy group PrEPster, tells Hannah Moore about the outreach work they’ve been doing to spread awareness about the symptoms of monkeypox and encourage people to get vaccinated.

“I think there are groups of gay and bisexual men right now who are not being contacted in the right way about monkeypox,” says Nutland. “We need to learn from the last 30 or 40 years of everything that we’ve done with sexual and reproductive health, everything we’ve done with HIV, everything we’ve done with Covid… we cannot allow monkeypox health inequities to bubble to the surface, we must collectively do everything within our power to ensure that health inequities do not arise.”

A man receives a vaccination dose against monkeypox

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