WHO chief advises reducing sex partners to avoid monkeypox

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus delivers his post-re-election address at the 75th World Health Assembly at the United Nations European Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, 24 May 2022. (Nolfi/Keystone via Salvatore di AP)

The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) has advised men at risk of contracting monkeypox to consider reducing their sexual partners.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said 98% of detected monkeypox cases since the outbreak began in May were among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men. He called on those at risk to take steps to protect themselves.

“It means making safe choices for ourselves and others and men who have sex with men,” Tedros said at a press conference on Wednesday. This includes reducing numbers.”

Infected people should be quarantined, avoid gatherings with close physical contact, and people should obtain contact details of new sexual partners in case they need to follow up later. WHO Director-General said.

to date, 22,000+ It has been reported in over 79 countries. Deaths have been reported in Africa, Europe and South America.