The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued guidance on stopping the spread of monkeypox.
What are the details?
In a June press release, the CDC announced a variety of suggestions to tamp down infectious monkeypox.
Some of the guidance includes masturbating at least six feet away from a partner, avoiding kissing, having virtual sex, and "having sex with your clothes on or covering areas where rash or sores are present."
Additionally, those infected with monkeypox — or who are presumed to be carrying the virus — are asked to wash their hands, "fetish gear, sex toys, and any fabrics" that may have come into contact with infected areas during sexual intercourse.
Monkeypox, according to the organization, "is a disease that can make you sick, including a rash, which may look like pimples or blisters, often with an earlier flu-like illness." Other symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, chills, and exhaustion. Infected persons can spread monkeypox through skin-to-skin contact, contact with contaminated objects, respiratory secretions, mucous membrane secretions — like the ones sometimes emitted during intercourse — and more.
Researchers are currently investigating whether the virus can be spread asymptomatically and advise those engaging in sexual relations to discuss their recent health history with their prospective or current partners.
"Talk to your partner about any recent illness and be aware of new or unexplained sores or rashes on your body or your partner’s body, including the genitals and anus," the organization suggested. "If you or your partner have recently been sick, currently feel sick, or have a new or an unexplained rash or sores, do not have sex and see a healthcare provider. This is always a good plan, even if monkeypox isn’t in your area."
The CDC also has recommended visiting a health care provider if any concerning symptoms appear and to be prepared to potentially disclose the identities of people with whom you have had "close, personal, or sexual contact within the last 21 days" prior to the appointment, "including people you met through dating apps."
"You might be asked to share this information if you have received a monkeypox diagnosis, to help stop the spread," the organization also warned.