Health chiefs, including the UK Health Authority, today released new guidance advising all monkeypox patients to stop having sex and then use condoms for eight weeks after infection
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Health chiefs have warned monkeypox patients to stop having sex amid fears it could help spread the virus.
In new guidance published today, the UK’s leading public health authorities called for new measures to deal with transmission of the disease.
That included telling anyone who has monkeypox to stop having sex while they have the virus.
But health chiefs didn’t stop there and wanted Brits to keep tabs on their sex lives for up to eight weeks, advising all patients to wear a condom during sexual activity during that time.
The new guidance was agreed by the UK’s four public health agencies: the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), Public Health Scotland (PHS), Public Health Wales (PHW) and Public Health Agency Northern Ireland (PHA).
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They said: “Cases should abstain from sex and avoid contact with lesions during the period of early symptom onset.
“Although there is currently no available evidence of monkeypox in genital discharge, as a precaution, cases are advised to use condoms for 8 weeks after infection and this guidance will be updated as evidence arises.”
Previously, they emphasized that monkeypox was spread through physical contact, particularly through the lesions and scabs of those affected.
They added: “People with monkeypox should avoid contact with other people until their lesions have healed and the scabs have dried.
“Cases can reduce the risk of transmission by following standard cleaning and disinfecting practices and washing their own clothes and linens in a washing machine using standard detergents.”
Alongside this, health bosses said people with monkeypox should not only avoid sex, but should isolate at home if they are well enough.
This week the UKHSA announced that it has purchased more than 20,000 doses of a smallpox vaccine which is effective against monkeypox.
dr Ruth Milton, Senior Medical Advisor and Monkeypox Strategic Response Director at UKHSA, said: “This new monkeypox guidance sets out important actions for healthcare professionals and the public to manage the disease, including how to safely isolate at home and how reduce risk to others.
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“The highest risk of transmission is through direct contact with someone with monkeypox. The risk to the UK population remains low and anyone with an unusual rash or lesion on any part of their body should contact NHS 111 or their local sexual health service immediately.”
This all comes after the World Health Organization warned that the current case numbers may only represent the “tip of the iceberg”.
Sylvie Briand, head of pandemic preparedness and prevention, told the World Health Assembly in Geneva on Friday ahead of the weekend: “We don’t know if we’re just seeing the tip of the iceberg [or] when there are many more undetected cases in communities.
“We are still at the very, very beginning of this event. We know we will have more cases in the coming days,” she said.
However, the expert added it was “not a disease that the general public should be concerned about”.
“It’s not Covid or any other disease that’s spreading fast.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/monkeypox-patients-warned-stop-having-27105283 Monkeypox patients warned to stop having sex and use condoms for eight weeks after contracting the virus