Israeli doctors: Monkeypox can be sexually transmitted

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 Israeli doctors: Monkeypox can be sexually transmitted

Monkeypox may be a new type of sexually transmitted disease (STD).

Some doctors in Israel have come to this conclusion, although some experts say it's too soon officially designate the virus as such. This is reported by the Jerusalem Post.

Historically, monkeypox has spread in small numbers in remote areas of West and Central Africa, where the virus is carried by animals. The current outbreak is considered unusual by health officials due to its spread in countries where the virus is not normally detected.
< br />“What we are seeing around the world and in Israel is that most of the patients have been sexually infected. The WHO also said the same thing, that it looks like this disease is sexually transmitted, and so we can start calling it more one STD,” said Dr. Roy Zucker, director of the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center.

At the same time, the doctor noted that there is no certainty that monkeypox will be classified as a new STD, because it can also be transmitted through skin contact in non-sexual situations.

Roy Zucker recommended immediate testing for those who believe they may have come into contact with an infected person, especially during intercourse. Also, he says, you should use condoms and pay attention to skin lesions.

It is noted that in some patients the symptoms of monkeypox are very easy to miss, and they appear in the form of a single blister. Therefore, health officials believe that the virus has been seriously underdiagnosed and that the number of cases is much higher.

The question of whether monkeypox can “take a foothold” as a new STD, continues to cause controversy among healthcare professionals. Not all doctors, including those in Israel, are inclined to believe that monkeypox can be a type of STD.

“I'm not sure if this is a sexually transmitted disease or a sexually transmitted disease, these are two completely different things. Researchers and the WHO are still divided on this issue,” said Itzhak Levy, director of the HIV/AIDS Center and head of the Institute for Infectious Diseases at the Sheba Medical Center.

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