Nevertheless, the CDC also offered a variety of strategies to lower the risk of spreading the virus during sex, as the nation is seeing an increase in monkeypox infections.
The best method to protect yourself and others if you or a partner has monkeypox is to avoid sexual activity of any type (oral, anal, vaginal), and do not kiss or touch each other’s bodies while you are ill, especially if you have any rash. Towels, fetish gear, sex toys, and toothbrushes are prohibited from being shared.
On Tuesday, July 26, 2022, in New York, staff members from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene assist individuals in signing up for the monkeypox vaccination. Photo by Mary Altaffer for AP
The CDC continued by offering suggestions for safer sex for someone who has monkeypox, including when, where, and how.
The CDC recommends says, “Masturbate jointly at a distance of at least six feet, without touching either other or any rash.” After having sex, remember to wash your hands, fetish items, sex toys, and any materials (bedding, towels, clothing).
“To minimize skin-to-skin contact, think about having sex while wearing clothing or covering rash-prone regions. Condoms could be helpful if the rash is limited to the genitalia or the anus, but they probably won’t be enough to stop monkeypox on their own.”
On July 26, 2022, in New York City, people line up to receive the monkeypox vaccine at a mass vaccination station in Manhattan. (Liao Pan via Getty Images; China News Service)
Top representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were appointed by the Biden administration earlier this week to act as the White House coordinators to address the epidemic of monkeypox.
Xavier Becerra, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, announced on Thursday that the epidemic of monkeypox had resulted in a public health emergency.
The president tweeted later on Thursday that he was “dedicated to our monkeypox response: ramping-up vaccine distribution, extending testing, and educating at-risk communities.”
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