The past few years have felt like a real-life version of the popular board game “Pandemic,” in which players team up to fight contagious and often imaginary diseases. The latest disease to grab real-world headlines has a name that sounds like it came straight out of this board game: monkeypox. Our country’s response to this new epidemic has been far from successful, especially because some public health officials are more focused on sexist politics than public health.
Monkey disease is rarely fatal but is said to be very painful. It is transmitted “overwhelmingly” through sexual contact between men. According to a study Published in New England Journal of Medicine And Reported by NBC NewsTo date, 95% of monkey diseases have occurred in the gay community, and evidence suggests that behaviors Different That community is primarily responsible for spreading the virus.
The public health response to monkeypox, which many now describe as an absolute disaster, has been largely shaped by officials unwilling to offend gay rights activists. Although more than 6,000 cases have been reported nationwide Fig New York Times He says it is low Major cities like New York and San Francisco have been reluctant to clarify exactly how the disease is spreading, or to urge those who are primarily exposed to stop spreading it.
As in June The Washington Post stated, San Francisco officials stood by as “thousands of gay men in leather, latex—and often less—descended on the city for the annual kink and fetish festival.” paste,
“After the city declared the monkeypox ravaging the gay community a public health emergency—one day after the World Health Organization urged men to sleep with men to reduce its spread—San Francisco public health officials did not try to regulate the festivities or warn participants to have less sex.
Officials in New York, Chicago and other metro areas were also “removing calls that requested gender restrictions.” why? Because they were “careful to further stigmatize same-sex relationships” and wanted to limit “government intervention in the bedroom.”
“Officials and activists who spent decades at the forefront of the fight against HIV/AIDS”. Paste “People say they’ve been taught that telling them to cut down on sex is pointless,” the article continues.
There is, at least, some pushback against this suicidal public health strategy. Gay sex columnist and polyamory advocate Dan Savage calls cities that refuse to tell the truth “It devalued the lives and health of gay men.” not to warn. And write in Atlantic this month, Jim Downs argues that it’s not homophobic to warn gay men to be careful: “Public health officials don’t need to count the way monkeypox is currently spreading.”
with inefficient distribution of vaccines and drugs; which one New York Times Daily The podcast is responsible for the problem.These muted warnings may be too little, too late to prevent many patients from suffering from this painful and debilitating disease. With two years of covid lockdowns, mask mandates, mandatory quarantines and “two weeks to stop the spread” showing political priorities is incredibly hypocritical.
Even as the World Health Organization urged gay men to temporarily curb their lifestyle for safety reasons, many US officials begged the epidemic for fear of any restrictions on politically acceptable gender expression. Doing so, they say, risks reviving the “segregation” and “homophobia” that our culture has successfully suppressed.
In the year In echoes of the AIDS crisis of the 1980s, the disease itself is seen as discriminatory, like the monkey virus targeting gay men as unfair. The solution, many believe, is to address the uncontrollable number of homosexuals through sexual tolerance and progressive attitudes that can mask bad public health policy.
Ultimately, all of these sick people represent a sick worldview that chooses to sacrifice the well-being of people who have the ability to choose and whose actions have consequences. Monkey disease is only the latest harmful effect of this depraved attitude towards people and sex, but it will not be the last as long as our country is comfortable playing games with epidemics and people’s lives.