Given the progress of the monkeypox outbreak , the World Health Organization (WHO) asked gays, the group most affected by the disease, to reduce the number of sexual partners on Wednesday.
The best way to protect yourself "is to reduce the risk of being exposed" to the disease, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus explained during a press conference in Geneva.
“For men who have sex with men, this also means, for the time being, reducing the number of sexual partners and exchanging information with any new relationships so that they can be contacted” in the event of symptoms, so that they can isolate themselves, explained Ghebreyesus, who activated the highest alert level of the agency on Saturday to contain the disease.
More than 18,000 cases of monkeypox have been detected in 78 countries around the world since the beginning of May, 70% in Europe and 25% in America, the WHO chief said.
So far, only five people have died from this disease, all of them in Africa and 10% of cases have required hospital admission to manage the pain caused by the infection in patients.
Even so, the international organization that watches over health insisted that any type of stigmatization of a community be avoided, it specifies, since it could lead it to hide the contagion and, therefore, continue to spread the disease.