Homosexual and bisexual men will be vaccinated against the high risk of monkey pox

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Health officials say thousands of men in the UK will be offered the vaccine to fight the monkey pax epidemic.

About 793 cases have been confirmed in the UK.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) says that to control the outbreak, some gay and bisexual men who are at high risk of getting monkey pox should be offered the smallpox vaccine Imvanex.

The UKHSA said the crackdown was effective against Monkey Pox.

Its new strategy, endorsed by the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI), suggests that eligibility will depend on a number of factors, but a physician can recommend vaccination to anyone who has it. ” Recent history of multiple partners, participation in group sex, participation in campus sex or proxy markers such as recent bacterial STIs in the past year “.

The guideline does not recommend vaccinations to the general population.

In the UK, the NHS will provide details on how eligible people can get vaccinated “soon”.

Officials in Scotland say jobs will be offered to “priority risk groups”.

By expanding the vaccine offer to high-risk individuals, we hope that transmission chains will be broken and the epidemic will be brought under control.

Many health workers are already offered jobs, including those who care for people infected with the virus and lab workers where the pox virus is handled.

The vaccine is also offered to close contacts of people with confirmed cases of monkey pox to reduce their symptoms and risk of serious illness.

Although the virus can be transmitted to anyone – and is not currently described as a sexually transmitted infection – it can be transmitted through sexual intercourse.

According to the UKHSA, the current epidemic is mainly among gay and bisexual men.

Only five cases have been confirmed in women.

Dr Marie Ramsay, Head of Immunization at UKHSA, said: “Our extensive liaison work has helped limit the spread of the Monkey Pox virus, but we are also a potential source of cases in homosexuals, bisexuals and other gay men. Seeing the dhikr ratio with men.

“By expanding the vaccine offer to high-risk individuals, we hope that transmission chains will be broken and the epidemic will be controlled.”

“While most cases are mild, some people may have a serious illness, so it is important that we use the available vaccines to target groups where the spread is continuing.”

“The NHS will soon work out the details of how it will be delivered, so don’t go ahead with the vaccine yet.

“Meanwhile, everyone should be aware of any new spots, ulcers or blisters on any part of their body, especially if they have been in close contact with a new partner.

“If you think you have these symptoms, avoid close contact with others and call NHS 111 or your local sexual health center, although please call before attending.”

A spokesman for the Scottish Government said: “Following advice published today by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) to help control the outbreak of Monkey Pox, Scotland has launched pre-exposure vaccinations for priority risk groups. Will run in the program.

“We are working with our partners at Public Health Scotland (PHS) and following the published advice endorsed by the Joint Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) to determine the delivery of the vaccine program. have been.

“Full details of how eligible people can be vaccinated will be revealed soon, but we can confirm that we have recruited some health care workers and some gay and bisexual men. Are planning to introduce vaccines that are considered high risk for the disease.

“People are advised not to come forward for the vaccine unless they are contacted.”

Alex Spiro Hawk, a health promotion specialist at the Terrence Higgins Trust, added: “This targeted vaccination program is a positive development, but data still show that Monkey Pox is disproportionately affecting gay and bisexual men in the UK. Is.

“We encourage everyone, regardless of your gender, to be vigilant about new spots, ulcers and blisters, and provide the latest guidance and health information about Monkey Pax to empower communities.” Are closely monitoring the latest data to play their part. They are most affected for the best protection of their health. “

Robbie de Santos, director of communications and external affairs at Stonewall, said: “Although we know anyone can catch monkey pox, we welcome the vaccine given to gay and bisexual men who are eligible. Who are currently at high risk of contracting the disease.

“It is important that homosexuals and transgender people be vaccinated to protect themselves and others. Let’s help control this epidemic so that we can all have a safe and happy season.”