by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
The evidence keeps piling up: Monkeypox is a disease that affects gay, sexually active men far more than any other group of people. As in, 99 percent of all cases are in men, and 94 percent of those infected reported recent same-sex intimate contact. Additionally, nearly three-quarters of the cases among men were from those who had two or more partners in the three weeks prior to the onset of symptoms.
Articles in peer-reviewed journals also suggest that intercourse between men is the primary way the disease is spread. Scientists are calling on public-health authorities to change their guidance and prioritize gay men in their mitigation efforts.
But if you go to the CDC’s website right now, you can read:
“At this time, data suggest that gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men make up the majority of cases in the current monkeypox outbreak. However, anyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, who has been in close, personal contact with someone who has monkeypox is at risk.”
A different page on the CDC’s site obscures the risk by highlighting vaginal contact and also says that “a pregnant person can spread the virus to their [sic] fetus through the placenta.”
While it is of course possible that the disease could evolve and spread differently over time, right now it is an outbreak with 99 percent of cases in men (who are overwhelmingly highly sexually active), and the CDC is using gender-neutral language to warn the public about it. Ninety-four percent of those men had same-sex intimate contact before contracting it, and the CDC is warning about contact with female sex organs just as much as male sex organs.
Not one person in America is well served by this nonsense.