Stop the Spread by Not Having Sex, UK Tells Monkeypox Sufferers

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British officials have told those suffering from monkeypox that they should abstain from sex in the hopes of curbing the spread of the disease.

Those showing symptoms of the monkeypox virus should avoid having sex with other people, government experts have advised those suffering from the disease.

The advice comes as officials confirm that an additional 71 cases of the rare disease were confirmed in the UK on Monday, with the current outbreak disproportionately affecting the country’s so-called “MSM” population, which stands for “men who have sex with men”.

According to the latest guidance agreed upon by all UK nations, those who are confirmed to have the disease should also make sure to use a condom for sex for eight weeks after infection, while so-called “high risk” close contacts of infected individuals have also been told that they should self-isolate for 21 days.

Pregnant women and people who are immunocompromised have also been told that they should avoid caring for someone with the disease if at all possible, with the WHO warningof the danger that the disease can lead to “congenital monkeypox” or stillbirths.

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