Scientists explain why the virus affects men more

O The high number of Monkeypox infections remains a mystery to both the general public and scientists. Men, bisexual and homosexual, are the most affected population group and now a team of experts has confirmed why. The data is based on the UK population.

Researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine explain that ‘men who have sex with men’ (literal translation of the acronym used officially – MSM) and who have a high number of different sexual partners, are more at risk of contracting Monkeypox, due to the fact that they are a limited network of people. This fact makes the virus able to spread faster.

For now, the risk for the general population is low, confirm the study authors.

The investigation also explains that the current outbreak of the virus has different epidemiological characteristics and very different from situations that happened in the past. They also highlight the rapid spread among ‘men who have sex with men’.

The team studied data on patterns of sexual partnership to model the spread of Monkeypox, not only among men, but also outside that group. As it has not yet been confirmed how contagious the virus is, they also created models based on different scenarios, with varying levels of risk.

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Some researchers, such as Demetre Daskalakis, director of the US Center for HIV/AIDS Control and Prevention, theorize that it is possible that the virus will eventually find other types of vulnerable groups. Speaking to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the specialist recalled that a virus similar to Monkeypox, ‘staphylococcus aureus’, began to affect homosexual and bisexual men in the early 2000s, and ended up spreading among athletes and even prisoners. Saying that it is also possible for Monkeypox to start infecting sex workers and their clients.

The study has not yet been peer-reviewed and therefore cannot yet be considered a guide to medical practice. It is possible that these findings do not apply to the world population, as the sample is limited to the United Kingdom.

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Monkeypox, from the family of the virus that causes smallpox, is spread from person to person through close contact with injuries, body fluids, respiratory droplets and contaminated materials.

The incubation time is usually seven to 14 days, and the disease, popularly known as monkeypox, lasts, on average, two to four weeks.

The disease is endemic in West and Central Africa and less dangerous than smallpox.

The Directorate-General for Health recommends that people who have ulcerative lesions, skin rash, palpable lymph nodes, possibly accompanied by fever, chills, headaches, muscle pain and tiredness, seek medical advice.

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