Homosexual rights advocates from around Latin America have urged the governments of the area to take decisive action to stop the spread of monkeypox, arguing that a failure to administer vaccines and correctly identify cases is harming the region’s gay and bisexual men.
Of the more than 50,000 cases that have been reported worldwide in the most current outbreak, 16% have been confirmed in Latin America, virtually exclusively in nations where the disease is not prevalent historically.
The scale of the outbreak, according to a Latin American network of gay rights advocates, is significantly underreported by governments, in part because of prejudice against males who have sex with men, among whom the disease has thus far predominately spread through intercourse.
“The worst thing would be to decide that this will be controlled through herd immunity,” the AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s director, Dr. Jorge Saavedra, told Reuters. “The lesions are very painful; and you can’t just condemn people to suffer.”
“This is state sadism,” he said.
One of the most populated and often visited nations in Latin America, Mexico, has only one-third the number of monkeypox cases as Peru, which confirmed its first case a month after Mexico, according to activists who gathered in Mexico City on Thursday to demand greater official responses.
By: Miss Cherry May Timbol – Independent Reporter
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