Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie, says monkeypox is not a sexually transmitted disease, but rather a virus transmitted through direct encounter.
In fact, the CMO is warning partygoers to exercise caution and avoid close contact with other customers, given the ease of transmission through close interaction.
Bisasor-McKenzie’s disclosure and subsequent warning came in the wake of several cases of monkey pox abroad that were identified in individuals involved in certain sexual practices.
In response to a question about whether the sexual behavior of the man who tested positive in Clarendon was being examined, the CMO explained that while scientists studied whether the virus is transmitted through sexual fluids, there has been no confirmation to date.
“First of all, monkeypox is not a sexually transmitted disease. The lesions and rashes – they can be on any part of the body, including the genitals. And therefore they will spread through close personal contacts,” she informed.
“However, we have noticed, and scientists all over the world have noticed this connection and are of course investigating this connection to see if there is actual transmission through sexual fluids. However, we have not received confirmation of that because not yet,” Bisasor-McKenzie said. at.
Still, she stressed that it’s possible that close sexual contact with skin rashes could pass the virus on to others.
“…But close contact, including sexual contact, which we all know is close, will transmit the disease if it is you have the blisters.
“So I want to reassure the public that this is not a sexually transmitted disease. It is a transmission through close contact that can occur with any kind of direct encounter,” the CMO said.
As to whether the sexual history of the man who tested positive for monkey pox in Clarendon is being investigated, she replied by stating: “A sexual history is part of a medical history that every doctor carries with them when taking their anamnesis. And, of course, when doing public health surveys, we pay particular attention to our history and make sure all of our bases are covered.”
As for partygoers and individuals looking forward to entertainment this summer, Bisasor-McKenzie advised them to adhere to COVID-19 protocols to avoid contracting monkeypox.
“So for anyone planning to go out and party, I hope they keep this in mind: that close contact is still something to be avoided, and to take your precautions – wearing masks, disinfection, (and) washing hands regularly to avoid contact,” she advised.
She also urged people to stay home and refrain from venturing into such events once they start developing monkey pox symptoms, including facial lesions, fever, body aches and chills.
“Once you recognize that you’re starting to get a rash, there’s the possibility of monkey pox, (and) even more reason to stay home,” warned Bisasor-McKenzie.