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JM | Aug 11, 2022

Monkeypox not a gay disease, says Tufton: Health Minister warns anyone can contract virus

Tamoy Ashman

Tamoy Ashman / Our Today

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Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton makes his contribution to the 2022-2023 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 (Photo: JIS)

Minster of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton took to Twitter today (August 11) to clarify that Monkeypox is not a gay disease.

This statement follows conversations among citizens that the disease is only associated with the gay and bisexual communities.

According to data, the Monkeypox virus has mainly been spreading among gay and bisexual communities, Tufton acknowledged.

“The truth is that heterosexuals who come in close contact, and who may expose themselves either through multiple partners or unprotected sex, would also be vulnerable if they come in contact with someone with the virus.”

Dr Christopher Tufton, minister of health and wellness

He however added that “every single one of us is vulnerable to the virus”.

“The truth is that heterosexuals who come in close contact, and who may expose themselves either through multiple partners or unprotected sex, would also be vulnerable if they come in contact with someone with the virus,” said Tufton.

He further encouraged the gay and bisexual communities to be extremely cautious and follow measures to protect themselves.

Jamaica currently has four reported cases of the Monkeypox virus, two of which were locally transmitted, meaning those patients have no recent travel history.

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