PHAC urges gay, bisexual men to practise safe sex as monkeypox spreads – CBC

Canada’s chief public health officer says that officials need to understand monkeypox better

Jul 27, 2022

The Public Health Agency of Canada is urging gay and bisexual men to practise safe sex and limit the number of their sexual partners as it confronts the monkeypox outbreak.

Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, told a news briefing Wednesday that while the “global monkeypox outbreak is of serious concern,” public health officials and governments have a “window of opportunity to contain the spread.”

So far, Tam said, the disease has been limited almost exclusively to men — 99 per cent of infected individuals in Canada are male and the median age is 36. Most of the cases reported in Canada have been among men who have sex with men, she said.

Tam said the outbreak Canada is experiencing can be stopped by employing strategies that target the right groups of people.

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