Is Asking Gay Men to be Careful About Monkeypox Stigmatizing? Ryan Field Books

 Is Asking Gay Men to be Careful About Monkeypox Stigmatizing? 

As a married gay man who doesn’t go to bathhouses or cruising areas to have anonymous sex with other men, I often get frustrated when I see that something as simple as Monkeypox turns into something more complicated. We’ve been told that the best way to avoid getting Moneypox if you are not vaxxed is to not have anonymous sex with other men. Only it’s not as simple as that. If we target gay men we run the risk of stigmatizing them all over again just as we did with AIDS. And AIDS and Monkeypox have nothing in common. In order to get AIDS or HIV you had to do very specific things with regard to sex. And, Monkeypox might be an uncomfortable disease but people recover and they don’t die from it.

The article to which I’m linking was written with good intentions. The author doesn’t think it’s wrong to call gay men out and ask them to be more careful. I’m not sure how I feel about it. The other day I called a local clinic here in Palm Springs that deals with HIV and AIDS and I asked if they had a Monkeypox vaccine. Even though I’m not out cruising for sex I know I can get Monkeypox in other ways. They told me to call the sexually transmitted disease part of their establishment and I found that so wrong. Monkypox because is NOT a sexually transmitted disease. Anyone can get it from simple skin to skin contact. I guess my point is that gay men, once again, have already been stigmatized with Monkeypox and we didn’t’ even realize it was happening, again. 

Many gay men have criticized the CDC’s recommendation because they fear a slippery slope. They point to the history of HIV/AIDS and how government authorities pathologized gay culture—and gay people—as aberrant and shut down bathhouses, including the Everard Baths, which Mayor Ed Koch ordered closed in 1986.

Here’s more.  For those who don’t know, Mayor Ed Koch was a closeted gay man who never came out. In short, he ignored the AIDS crisis. It was despicable. 

But I digress. Even though I don’t totally agree with the author of this article, it’s a good article and you won’t regret reading it. At times it’s bit verbose and it could be tighter, but there are a few interesting facts. 

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