CDC advises public to limit number of sex partners over monkeypox concerns

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising people to limit their number of sex partners and take a “temporary break” from activities that can increase the risk of monkeypox as more than 7,500 cases, primarily involving gay and bisexual men, have been confirmed in the United States.

“Even if you feel well, here are some ways to reduce your chances of being exposed to monkeypox if you are sexually active,” the CDC writes before giving a list of examples.

“Take a temporary break from activities that increase exposure to monkeypox until you are two weeks after your second dose. This will greatly reduce your risk” and “Limit your number of sex partners to reduce your likelihood of exposure” the CDC stated in guidance updated on Friday. 

The Biden administration declared monkeypox a public health emergency last week. 

The page with sex guidance does not state which groups are more likely to be infected by monkeypox, but the virus is primarily known to affect “men who have sex with men,” according to the World Health Organization.

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