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New Study Shows 95% Of Monkeypox Cases Were Transmitted Sexually

New Study Shows 95% Of Monkeypox Cases Were Transmitted Sexually

A new study has shown 95% of monkeypox cases have been transmitted through s*lxual activity. US health officials are concerned that it could become an entrenched STD, like gonorrhea, herpes or HIV.

New research published by the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that 95% percent of monkeypox cases have been transmitted through sexual activity.

The research was led by scientists at Queen Mary University of London. It looked at 528 confirmed infections in 16 countries between April 27 and June 24, 2022. According to the study, 98% of infected people were gay or bisexual men, and 41% had HIV. The median age was 38.

Their median number of sex partners in the prior three months was five, and around a third were known to have visited se*-on-site venues such as se* parties or saunas within the previous month. The study also showed monkeypox patients have been showing symptoms previously unrelated to the virus, such as single genital lesions and sores on the mouth or anus.

Many of these are similar to symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and could lead to misdiagnosis, said researchers.

“It is important to stress that monkeypox is not a sexually transmitted infection in the traditional sense — it can be acquired through any kind of close physical contact. However, our work suggests that most transmissions so far have been related to sexual activity mainly, but not exclusively, among men who have sex with men,” said first author John Thornhill, in a statement.

Researchers stressed that monkeypox can also be spread by contact with respiratory droplets, clothing or other surfaces.

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