"Racist, homosexual disgust": UN condemns monkeypox reports and warns stigma
The UN AIDS agency called for reports on monkeypox virus racists and homosexual aversion on Sunday, warning it to exacerbate stigma and undermine its response to the spread of the outbreak.
UNAIDS said a “significant proportion” of recent cases of monkeypox have been identified among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men.
However, some depictions of African and LGBTI people “homosexuality” say that infection is likely to occur through close physical contact with monkeypox patients and can affect anyone. It enhances aversion and racist stereotypes and exacerbates stigma. “
As of May 21, the World Health Organization has confirmed 92 cases of monkeypox from 12 countries where the disease is not endemic, including several European countries, the United States, Australia and Canada. And received reports of 28 suspicious cases.
“Stigma and blame undermine the confidence and ability to respond effectively in the event of such an outbreak,” said Matthew Cabana, Deputy Managing Director of UNAIDS.