Gay men are getting Monkeypox from gay sex. So, naturally, one would think an effective way to stop the spread would be to stop having gay sex. Well, apparently, that’s a hard ask for some gay men, as the Washington Stand reports on August 6.
According to the New England Journal of Medicine, “98% of the persons with infection were gay or bisexual men” and that contracting the disease “was suspected to have occurred through sexual activity in 95% of the persons with infection.” The CDC explains that, for gay men, “the best way to protect yourself and others is to avoid sex of any kind.” Simple, right?
Well, apparently, keeping it in your pants is absolute anathema for some gay men. According to the CDC report on Monkeypox, out of 291 men who reported info regarding their sexual partner’s symptom onset, “80 (27%) reported one partner, 113 (40%) reported two to four partners, 42 (14%) reported five to nine partners, and 56 (19%) reported 10 or more partners. Among 86 men with information reported, 33 (38%) reported group sex, defined as sex with more than two persons, at a festival, group sex event, or sex party.”
Having gay sex with random men and participating in gay orgies is not exactly a healthy lifestyle. Who would have thought it?
Well, certainly not to Chris Stedman and Aditya Chandorkar, who wrote in GQ that “calling for abstinence is not effective. It’s also, we would argue, not moral to tell queer people, who have been told time and again by the world not to fulfill what is a basic human need, to simply do so again.”
Ah yes, the “basic human need” of anal sex with multiple men. How immoral to tell gay men to stop having carefree sex!
Why do we take these people seriously again?
The Washington Post reported that, “Sex is a major driver of the global outbreak. But health officials and longtime HIV activists say calls for abstinence don’t work.” Do they not work because gay men can’t stop having sex, or does it not work because the medical community got it wrong with its transmission vector assessment?
I’ll let you be the judge.
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