Monkeypox Virus HITS ATLANTA … Community Fear OUTBREAK May Spread From Gays To Women

The monkeypox virus has officially hit the city of Atlanta and people across the city are concerned about it The spread of the virus may not only affect the gay men in the city. . . but also black women.

On Thursday, Media Take Out confirmed that Fulton County Health Department director Joshua O’Neal called a town hall meeting to discuss the explosion of monkeypox cases in Atlanta.

The purpose of the meeting was to update the city in a responsible way — and not to push fear-based news regarding monkeypox.

Atlanta was offered a limited number of vaccines – just 300 offered by appointment. But within just four minutes of becoming available online, all vaccines were considered, O’Neal said.

Monkeypox is not a sexually transmitted disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control, although officials said nearly all of Georgia’s now 158 cases have been in men who have sex with men in the Atlanta area.

“I also think it’s really important to try to reduce the stigma surrounding monkeypox and recognize that it’s not a gay disease,” O’Neal said. “I mean, it’s very similar to the same kind of narratives around HIV.”

And that’s what worries many Black women who visited City Hall.

Media Take Out learned that many women in Atlanta are now concerned that monkeypox — which can be sexually transmitted — could migrate out of the gay community. . . to straight black women having sex with bisexual men.

A woman who attended the event told Media Take Out, “This is exactly how it happened at HOV [in the 1980s and 1990s] It started with gay men and then spread to black women.

According to the CDC, nearly all black women newly infected with HIV are infected either through injecting drug use or through heterosexual contact (80%). In contrast, the CDC reports that nearly all (73%) of newly infected black men contracted the disease through homosexual contact or drug use.

Here’s the CDC claiming that monkeypox is transmitted:

– Oral, an*l and v*ginal sex or touching the g*nitals (p*nis, t*sticles, lab*a and v*gina) or an*s (b*tthole) of a person with monkeypox.
– Hug, massage and kiss.
– Longer personal contact.

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