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Spain: abstinence to counter the monkeypox epidemic


With this monkey thing, I prefer to be careful […]. I’m not having sex anymore, I’m not going to parties anymore, and that’s going to continue until I’m vaccinated and have some immunitytestifies Antonio Madrid.

This thirty-year-old who often liked to go out in nightclubs and who sometimes went to libertine evenings stopped dead in his tracks when he saw the evolution of the epidemic in his country.

With 3738 cases, according to the latest report from theWHOand the first two deaths recorded in Europe, Spain is the most affected country in the world, ahead of the United States, which has 3,478 cases.

It worries me so much that at the Pride parade, I didn’t do anything, I [ne] didn’t want to mess aroundhe says, laughing nervously.

Before going on holiday abroad, Pablo (fictitious first name) also avoided risky situations keeping away from sex clubs and sexual relations.

Without a regular partner, this 30-year-old who works in the pharmaceutical industry explains that the risk is major in sex clubswhere you don’t even know who to tell or the names of the people you’re sleeping with.

This tendency towards chastity seems to be quite widespread within the community LGBT+, as confirmed by other men met but who did not wish to testify because of the sensitivity of the subject.

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Local associations had also advised reducing the number of sexual partners long before the recommendation of theWHOwhich also triggered its highest level of alert on July 23 in an attempt to curb the disease.

It’s not like COVID-19: the vaccine is already there, there’s no need to invent it. Whether [ce] was not a disease [qui touche les homosexuels]we would have acted more and more quickly think Antonio, who believes, like other members of the gay community, that the authorities have not taken the measure of the problem.

We are facing a health emergency […] which affects a collective, the LGBT+, so we think it’s insignificant, that [ce] is not serious […]. This is exactly what happened 40 years ago with HIV. »

A quote from Ivan Zaro, vice-president of the NGO Imagina más

The NGO denounce the lack of prevention, the shortage of vaccines and the stigmatization.

Antonio took three weeks to get an appointment, logging on to the official website at midnight every day. Many testimonials on Twitter confirm that it is difficult to get an appointment.

The battlements are leaving as fast as tickets for Beyoncé’s next concertadds another man.

To date, Spain has only received the first 5,300 doses, which arrived at the end of June.

No public health comment

Contacted byAFPthe Spanish Ministry of Health declined to comment on the subject.

For Nahum Cabrera, of the FELGTBI+ federation, the most exposed people must be vaccinated urgently – not just homosexuals -, namely people who have sex on a regular basis with multiple partners as well as those who frequent swingers clubs, LGTB+ saunas, etc..

The risk, he says, is create a false tranquility among the general population and that they relax into thinking that they are safe and that it only happens to men who have sex with men.

The age group to target for vaccinations, he believes, is 18-46 years old, Spain having vaccinated against smallpox until the 1970s, when the virus had not yet disappeared from the country. ‘Europe.

Javier spent three days in hospital in early July after being infected.

After his three weeks of isolation, which was very badly experienced after COVID-19, he raised awareness among those around him. I warn everyone. It’s an infectious disease, anyone can catch it.he said.

Unaware of how he was infected, this 32-year-old cinematographer who lives as a monogamous couple claims that he is proof that anyone can catch it.

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