Despite the fact that gay and bisexual men are most likely to contract monkeypox, three months after the first case was reported in the country, harmful stereotypes and monkeypox misinformation about them are still pervasive, The Hill reports.
This has led some people to fear that the disease’s spread will further marginalize and isolate a group that is already marginalized.
Since May, there have been over 7,000 instances of monkeypox recorded in the U.S., with most of those affected being guys who have had intercourse with other men.
Monkeypox does spread by close or skin-to-skin contact, however, the Centers for Illness Control and Prevention (CDC) asserts that it is not a sexually transmitted disease. Even so, it has been spread by prominent personalities, such as elected officials and politicians.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), who has a million Twitter followers, stated last month that children who get the illness had been abused by homosexual or bisexual males. She posed the question: “If Monkeypox is a sexually transmitted disease, why are kids getting it?”
However, Boebert warned that those who discuss the origins of monkeypox in public risk coming out as “bigots.”
In order to stop the illness from spreading, the CDC and World Health Organization (WHO) urged gay and bisexual men to have fewer sexual partners last month. They admitted that the disease overwhelmingly affects males who have sex with other men.