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Advocates stress using lessons learned from AIDS crisis in monkeypox vaccine guidelines

The Sacramento County Department of Public Health has expanded recommendations on who should be vaccinated against monkeypox as more cases were reported this week. The California Department of Public Health has reported 250 cases, 14 of them in Sacramento. Dr. Olivia Kasirye, public health officer for the county, believes this is the beginning of a new phase where more community spread will occur. While monkeypox has been around since 1958 and is far less contagious than COVID-19, many of the recent cases reported by CDPH this year have occurred among people who identify as men who have sex with men. The initial distribution of monkeypox vaccines in Sacramento County allowed vaccination only for those identified as exposed, but after 1,000 vaccinations, availability was expanded through vaccination clinics in different locations for people who may be at higher risk. The monkeypox vaccine provided by Sacramento County Public Health includes two doses of JYNNEOS 28 days apart. Below are the eligibility guidelines for receiving the vaccine. MSM) and/or transgender individuals who meet at least one of the following criteria: Have tested positive for an STD in the past two months. Had 2+ sex partners in the last 3 weeks. Attended or worked in a commercial sex venue in the past 3 weeks. She has been having anonymous sex for the past 3 weeks. Engaged in transactional sex (sex work) in the past 3 weeks. If you think you’re eligible and you live in Sacramento County, you can sign up for a shot through the county’s website. As outreach to the LGBTQ+ community grows, advocates say monkey pox is not a gay disease and warn against repeating the mistakes of the 1980s AIDS and HIV crisis “We want to learn from the AIDS epidemic and we want to make sure people know how monkeypox is spread, so people know that everyone is at risk, not just gay people,” said Alexis Sánchez, director of advocacy and education at the Sacramento LGBT Center in Lavender Heights. Manny Romero, a trans woman in Sacramento, said not being careful about how information is conveyed could be stigmatizing and especially challenging for those who lived through the ’80s.” Headlines that limit LGBTQ people, especially gay men and trans women, making it headlines is very scary. It’s very scary to do because it marginalizes us and opens us up to being a target — a target of ridicule and a target of discrimination,” Romero said. LGBTQ youth already face disparities in health, and advocates add that the stigma surrounding them and monkeypox can also have a negative impact on how this community accesses health care.Monkeypox can be similar to a sexually transmitted infection that causes rashes.State health officials encourage taking precautions by talking to those who have sex with let mates to avoid the spread of the virus. transmission through: Direct skin-to-skin contact with rashes Sexual/intimate contact, including kissing Living in a house and sharing a bed with someone Sharing towels or unwashed clothes Respiratory secretions through prolonged face-to-face interactions (the type that occurs mostly when living with or caring for someone who has monkeypox) Monkeypox is NOT spread through: Casual conversations Walking by a person with smallpox, such as in a grocery store Touching objects such as doorknobs CDPH also raises awareness and exposure through community-based organizations and digital media platforms, including dating apps, to help reach high-risk communities. Yolo County spokesman John Fout told KCRA 3 that they have a limited supply of the monkeypox vaccine for contacts of infected people, but have not seen any cases. Scientists are still learning whether monkeypox can be transmitted through: Semen or vaginal fluids Contact with people who do not have symptoms (CDPH believes that people with symptoms are more likely to spread it, but some people may have very mild disease and not know they are infected)

The Sacramento County Department of Public Health has expanded recommendations on who should be vaccinated against monkeypox as more cases were reported this week.

The California Department of Public Health reported 250 cases14 of them in Sacramento.

Dr Olivia Kasirye, public health officer for the county, believes this is the start of a new phase where there will be more community spread.

While Monkeypox has been around since 1958 and is much less contagious than COVID-19, many of the recent cases reported by CDPH this year have occurred among people who identify as men who have sex with men.

The initial distribution of monkeypox vaccines in Sacramento County allowed vaccination only for people identified as exposed, but after 1,000 vaccinations were received, availability was expanded through vaccination clinics in different locations to people who may be at higher risk.

The monkeypox vaccine provided by Sacramento County Public Health includes two doses NATURAL 28 days apart.

The following are the eligibility guidelines for receiving the vaccine.

Men who have sex with men (MSM) and/or transgender people who meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Tested positive for STDs in the last two months.
  • I have had 2+ sexual partners in the past 3 weeks.
  • Attended or worked in a commercial sex venue in the past 3 weeks.
  • She has been having anonymous sex for the past 3 weeks.
  • Engaged in transactional sex (sex work) in the past 3 weeks.

If you think you meet the criteria and you live in Sacramento County you can register for a vaccine through the county website.

As outreach to the LGBTQ+ community grows, advocates say monkeypox is not a gay disease and warn against repeating the mistakes of the AIDS and HIV crises of the 1980s.

“We want to learn from the AIDS epidemic and we want to make sure that people know how monkeypox is transmitted, so that they know that everyone is at risk, not just gay people,” said Alexis Sánchez, director of advocacy and education at the LGBT Center Sacramento to Lavender Heights.

Manny Romero, a trans woman in Sacramento, said not being mindful of how information is communicated could be stigmatizing and especially challenging for those who lived through the 80s.

“These headlines limiting it to LGBTQ people, especially gay men and trans women by making it front page, is very scary. It’s a very scary thing to do because it marginalizes us and opens us up to being a target — a target for ridicule and a target for discrimination,” Romero said.

LGBTQ youth already face health disparities and advocates add that the stigma surrounding them and monkeypox could also have a negative impact on how this community accesses health care.

Monkey pox can look like a sexually transmitted infection that causes rashes. State health officials encourage taking precautions by talking to your sex partners to avoid spreading the virus.

Monkey pox can be spread by:

  • Direct skin-to-skin contact with rashes
  • Sexual/intimate contact, including kissing
  • Living in a house and sharing a bed with someone
  • Sharing towels or unwashed clothes

Respiratory secretions through prolonged face-to-face interactions (the type that happens mostly when you live with or care for someone who has monkeypox)

Monkeypox is NOT spread through:

  • Casual conversations
  • Walking by someone with smallpox, like in a grocery store
  • Touching objects such as doorknobs

CDPH also raises awareness and offers outreach through community-based organizations and digital media platforms, including dating apps, to help reach high-risk communities.

Yolo County spokesman John Fout told KCRA 3 that they have a limited supply of the monkeypox vaccine for contacts of infected people, but have not reported any cases.

Scientists are still learning whether monkeypox can be spread through:

  • Semen or vaginal fluids
  • Contact with people who do not have symptoms (CDPH believes that people with symptoms are more likely to spread them, but some people may have very mild disease and not know they are infected)

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