Various sources, 12/08/2022
Careful messaging around Monkeypox is particularly important in view of the fact that misinformation, or messages which lack nuance, can jeopardise public health, further stereotypes, and fuel stigma and discrimination.
This can lead to increased minority stress and compromised health for gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men; as well as deterring potentially infected people from engaging with health services. Further, it leads to people erroneously thinking they are not at risk of Monkeypox because they do not belong to groups which are singled out. Thus inappropriate or ill-conceived messaging drives onwards transmission.
We have compiled a selection of resources which address this issue for various audiences.
Note: This post has been filed under more than one category, including the 'STI' category to reach those subscribers, to whom it will be relevant. However it is important to note that Monkeypox is not an STI. STIs are spread primarily through sexual contact, while monkeypox can spread through any form of prolonged, close contact (including sexual encounters).