Monkeypox webinar recording and information webpage now available

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IAS (International AIDS Society), June 2022

To contain the monkeypox outbreak, urgent action is needed to reach the most vulnerable people with accurate information and preventive interventions. Care must also be taken to not exacerbate stigma that may discourage the most vulnerable from accessing services.  IAS – the International AIDS Society – organized a webinar entitled “Monkeypox under the spotlight” on Friday, 3 June 2022. It provided the latest information on the epidemiology of monkeypox in non-endemic countries and discussed prevention options, as well as updates on clinical presentation and treatment and research networks.

Community perspectives also brought focus to the best ways to reach those most impacted to date to prevent a rapid spread of the virus as large-scale gatherings become more common once again.

Speakers:

  • Latest Global updates on the Monkeypox outbreak including implications for People living with HIV Meg Doherty, Director of Global HIV, Hepatitis and STI Programme, WHO, Switzerland
  • Clinical Presentation of Monkeypox occurring outside endemic areas: What is different in the current worldwide outbreak Marina Klein, Professor of Medicine, McGill University Health Centre and Research Director, Division of Infectious Diseases and Chronic Viral Illness Service, National Co-Director, CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network, Canada
  • Clinical research networks: rapid mobilisation Chloe Orkin, Consultant Physician and Lead for HIV Research, Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS Trust, United Kingdom
  • Priorities in Responding to Monkeypox among Gay, Bisexual, and other Men who have Sex with Men Keletso Makofane, Health and Human Rights Fellow at FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, United States

There is also  a new monkeypox and HIV information webpage . The page contains the latest information and resources on monkeypox and HIV, and  will be updated regularly.

Note:  Monkeypox has not previously been described as a sexually transmitted infection though it can be passed on by direct contact during sex and contact with clothing or linens used by a person who has monkeypox. (NSW Health)
By J Pope

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