(RepublicanInformer.com)- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), researchers do not fully understand the mechanisms behind the sexual transmission of monkeypox or asymptomatic infection in monkeys.
The monkeypox epidemic is still progressing in many parts of the world. However, the virus, often only observed in some areas of central and western Africa, continues to provide scientists with several mysteries. The factors that led to the recent outbreak are still being investigated.
In a news release dated June 9, the CDC stated that it is “still learning” about whether or not transmission can occur through sperm or vaginal secretions.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), some monkeypox cases have occurred in men who have sex with other men (MSM).
Virologists strongly suspect that the virus entered the community through sexual transmission.
It is common knowledge amongst medical professionals that the primary means of spreading monkeypox is through intimate, physical contact. The question of whether or not it is spreading through “sexual fluids” remains unanswered, though. If such were the case, the virus would not normally behave in such a way.
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has issued a statement urging people to avoid “homophobic and racial stereotypes.”
A press statement issued by the CDC stated that during the current outbreak of monkeypox, they are aware that patients with the disease often describe prolonged close physical contact with other people infected with the virus. They are continuing research into other potential transmission mechanisms, like sperm. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also stated that it is “still learning” about those who do not exhibit any symptoms while having the virus. It is also unknown whether the virus can be disseminated by an infected person who does not indicate any signs of the illness.
The CDC believes those with symptoms are most likely connected with the spread; however, some people may have very mild sickness and not know they are infected.
It sounds like you should avoid everyone, just to be safe.