Thursday, June 8, 2023

Monkeypox: “It’s like the genitals are on fire”

Human-to-human transmission is less common, but it can occur when a person is in close contact with an infected person.

Health officials say that anyone can get infected by coming in contact with an infected person. Photo: Shutterstock.

after the announcement of world health organization on health emergency Worldwide, with the number of monkeypox cases exceeding 15,000, they live because of skepticism about symptoms and generalized stigma about how patients live.

Thiago, a Brazilian man living in So Paulo, Brazil, found out he had one of those cases fever-like hospital discharge, fatigue, chills and wounds all over the body,

But his main complaint was pain, swelling and burning in the genitals, where at least nine sores appeared on the skin. “It hurts and it’s very itchy. The whole area is very swollen, sometimes it looks like it’s on fire,” he told the BBC.

Thiago’s symptoms began on July 10, “First I had severe chills, then high fever, pain Headache and general malaise, It felt like my whole body was broken,” he says.

“I thought it might be a cold or even COVID-19, but the next day, while taking a shower, I noticed the first injury on my back and penis.” Since then, Thiago has unearthed injuries to his legs, thighs, arms, abdomen, chest, face and genitals.

“They’re almost like swollen, painful pimples,” he says. He went to the hospital on the third day after having symptoms, having been diagnosed with monkeypox a week earlier after coming into contact with a friend of his.

A blood test confirmed that he had the virus. was also made test for transmitted infections Sex that was negative.

“It took me a while to get to the hospital because the pain I was in made it almost impossible to put on my clothes. Even the car ride made the pain and swelling worse.”

At the hospital, Thiago says doctors prescribed anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving medications as well as an analgesic ointment, which has relieved irritation. “The ointment helps, but after four hours the effect wears off and the pain comes back,” he says.

he and his friend are not gone Brazil in recent months, “As soon as I left the hospital, I called friends I had been in contact with in the past and reported the diagnosis to neighbors,” he says.


In addition to the pain and itching, Thiago says he had a tough time in the hospital. “They didn’t tell me how to clean the wounds, how long I would be sick or when I could come out of isolation. I had to look up all this information on the Internet or ask medical friends,” he says.

“There isn’t a special area for people With monkeypox. Disease patients freely enter and roam the hospital. I didn’t think they were ready,” he says. He also referred to the “rude and abusive” behavior of doctors and nurses.

“Wherever I went to the hospital, they asked me if I was HIV positive or if I had other sexually transmitted diseases. Upon entering the hospital I felt the stigma attached to the disease,” says Thiago, of the bond between people. Referring to the LGBTQ community with the current outbreak.

monkey pox

Monkeypox is caused by the smallpox virus in the same family, but it is much less severe. It can be spread to humans from an infected animal, such as a monkey, rat or squirrel, as reported in the medical literature.

It is also known that human-to-human transmission is not so common, but occurs when a person is in close contact with an infected person. The infection spreads through breaks in the skin, respiratory tract, eyes and mouth.

The virus can also be spread by touching infected clothing, sheets or towels used by a person with monkeypox. According to the WHO, cases have been identified in men having sex with men.

However, the organization has warned that if someone comes in contact with an infected person then he can get infected.

The UK’s Health Protection Agency said a “significant proportion” of recent cases in the UK and Europe have been in gay and bisexual men, asking them to “pay attention to symptoms and seek help if affected”.

Source consulted here.

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