Monkeypox update: Your Questions Answered video with Dr Dr Vincent Cornelisse / Updated Clinical Guidance from ATAGI / Responding to MPX: GBM in Australia (Survey)

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Thorne Harbour Health, 26 Aug, 2022

Thorne Harbour Health’s Cal Hawk is joined by Dr Vincent Cornelisse to unpack the latest information we have about the current global outbreak of the monkeypox virus (MPXV) including what our communities can do now to reduce their risk.

Vincent is a specialist in sexual health medicine and addiction medicine, and manager of the medical unit at Kirketon Road Centre (KRC) in Kings Cross, Sydney. Vincent’s research focuses on sexual health epidemiology, with the aim of improving the understanding of current epidemics of sexually transmitted infections in order to develop more effective interventions.

Duration: 1 hour 8 minutes

Note: Some explicit language

2. For clinicians:  Further Updated Clinical Guidance on Monkeypox Vaccines

ATAGI, last updated August 26, 2022

This guidance is on the use of smallpox vaccines for protection against monkeypox virus infection.

This advice will continue to be updated as new information emerges during the current multicountry monkeypox outbreak.

Changes since previous version:

  1. New advice on intradermal administration of JYNNEOS® (MVA-BN)
  2. New advice on smallpox vaccination after confirmed monkeypox infection
  3. Updated storage and handling advice for JYNNEOS®

3. Responding to monkeypox virus among gay and bisexual men in Australia: Survey

UNSW Centre for Social Research in Health. August 2022

In 2022, MPXV cases began to be identified in high income countries, particularly among gay and bisexual men (GBM). This project aims to assess knowledge about and attitudes to MPXV, behavioural risk reduction strategies and willingness to vaccinate among GBM in Australia.

The project is conducting a national survey, assessing knowledge and concern about MPXV, changes to behaviour in response to MPXV, and willingness to be vaccinated.

The aim is to understand:

  1. What do gay, bisexual and queer men in Australia know about monkeypox virus (MPXV), and how do they feel about it as a health threat/concern?

  2. What behavioural changes would gay, bisexual and queer men be willing to make to prevent acquiring or transmitting MPXV?

  3. How willing are gay, bisexual and queer men in Australia to be vaccinated against MPXV?

  4. What affects gay, bisexual and queer men’s willingness to make behavioural changes, and separately, be vaccinated against MPXV?

Subject to funding, the second part of the project will be a qualitative cohort study, investigating experiences of being diagnosed with MPXV, isolation and recovery, the experience of being a close contact, and the views of healthcare providers about the MPXV response.

  • Access the survey here.
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