Men at risk of monkeypox should 'reduce sexual partners for the moment,' World Health Organization chief advises | The Sun

THE World Health Organization has warned men at risk of catching monkeypox to "reduce their sexual partners for the moment".

The warning comes as the global cases of monkeypox have exceeded 19,000.


The majority of the cases, about 98 percent, have been among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men, the WHO said.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that those at risk should take steps to protect themselves and others.

"That means making safe choices for yourself and others, for men who have sex with men," Ghebreyesus said.

"This includes, for the moment, reducing your number of sexual partners."

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The WHO's latest warning contradicts those from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, which only suggests avoiding skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash that could be monkeypox.

Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge, the WHO Regional Director for Europe, has warned that "vaccines alone won't end the monkeypox outbreak".

"While vaccination may be available to some people with higher exposure risks, it is not a silver bullet," Dr Kluge said.

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