Things you need to know about monkeypox and how to prevent it

Man2Man and MPOWER have published short videos providing useful information about the infection.

Image of a hand wearing a blue glove which holds a vial of clear liquid, in reference to a recent video on what to know about monkeypox.
Image: Anastasia Nelen via Unsplash

Man2Man has released a video update on what to know about monkeypox, which had infected 28 patients in Ireland as of June 29.  

In recent video updates from Man2Man and MPOWER about monkeypox in the country, health authorities say this number is still small, and means the spread of monkeypox can hopefully remain well-contained. 

“What we now have is an opportunity to stop the spread of the disease before it takes hold,” says Dr Natasha Rafter, a specialist in Public Health Medicine at the Health Protection Surveillance Centre. The Centre is asking that people stay in the know about the symptoms of monkeypox and monitor themselves in order to prevent further spread.

Man2Man Ireland also published a helpful post on Instagram providing useful info on what to know about monkeypox. The post notes that the viral infection most often results simply in a mild illness which lasts a few weeks, but can have more serious effects on young children, those with weak immune systems and those who are pregnant. 

“Be alert to a new rash or blisters that can be on any part of the body[,] particularly, the face, mouth, hands, feet, genitals or bum,” the post says regarding symptoms. “Fever, headache, swollen glands, aches and pains can also be a sign of infection.” 

Monkeypox spreads through very close contact with those already infected, especially with their rashes, coughs or sneezes, or through sexual contact.  

The post advises those with symptoms not to panic, but to be sure to take the next steps in addressing the possible infection. Those steps include contacting one’s general practitioner or sexual health clinic, keeping one’s distance from others and refraining from sexual contact until cleared by a doctor.

In the update video, Medical Director of the HSE Sexual Health & Crisis Pregnancy Programme Professor Fiona Lyons instructs further that people with symptoms should pursue urgent care if necessary and should get tested for the virus. 

The Gay Men’s Health Service echoes the call for those who have symptoms to get in touch with their GP, doctor or sexual health clinic, and noted in a June 29 email that “everyone who has had it… so far is well.” 

Anyone who has been in close contact with someone infected with monkeypox will be contacted by health professionals, according to the HSE website. 

For more resources, the Man2Man post recommends their website and that of MPOWER.

© 2022 GCN (Gay Community News). All rights reserved.

Support GCN

GCN has been a vital, free-of-charge information service for Ireland’s LGBTQ+ community since 1988.

During this global COVID pandemic, we like many other organisations have been impacted greatly in the way we can do business and produce. This means a temporary pause to our print publication and live events and so now more than ever we need your help to continue providing this community resource digitally.

GCN is a registered charity with a not-for-profit business model and we need your support. If you value having an independent LGBTQ+ media in Ireland, you can help from as little as €1.99 per month. Support Ireland’s free, independent LGBTQ+ media.

0 comments. Please sign in to comment.