Monkeypox sex lockdown

WHO’s Director-General has called for certain individuals to take sexual precautions – Photo: WHO / Twitter

WHO calls for ‘sex lockdown’ to battle Monkeypox outbreak

New guidance on Monkeypox, shared by the WHO this week, has been colloquially dubbed as a ‘sex lockdown’ by critics.

Monkeypox sex lockdown

WHO’s Director-General has called for certain individuals to take sexual precautions – Photo: WHO / Twitter

Just days after the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared Monkeypox a global emergency, the group’s top officials have publicly issued a set of guidelines for those who are most likely to be affected by the disease. However, some believe this advice equates to a ‘sex lockdown’.

monkeypox sex lockdown
(FILES) In this file handout photo taken on June 22, 2022 made available by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) shows a collage of monkeypox rash lesions at an undisclosed date and location – Photo by Handout / UK Health Security Agency / AFP

What is a sex lockdown, and who is affected?

WHO have made it clear that, although anyone can technically catch Monkeypox, 98% of cases so far have been reported in men who have sex with other men. They issued the following directives on Wednesday:

  • The WHO is now advising men who have sex with men to ‘reduce their risk’ by making SAFER CHOICES.
  • This particular group has been told to immediately REDUCE their number of their sexual partners.
  • Male-on-male sex with new partners should be RECONSIDERED, according to the organisation.
  • Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus also asked this demographic to SHARE contact details with all sexual partners, to enable ‘contact tracing’.
  • This new guidance has led to some commentators dubbing it as a SEX LOCKDOWN…

Monkeypox news and latest updates, Thursday 28 July: How many cases have been reported so far?

Although there are vaccines and other treatments that can help Monkeypox victims, thousands have come down with the disease since the outbreak began earlier this year. Most cases have been reported in Europe, but the fatality rates remain extremely small.

  • Although WHO won’t officially call it a sex lockdown, they are asking certain individuals to ‘take precautions’.

“More than 18 000 cases have been detected in over 70 countries. There have been five deaths so far, with one in 10 cases requiring hospitalisation. The outbreak can be stopped if everyone takes the risk seriously, we must protect the vulnerable.”

“We have to reduce our risk. We are asking men who have sex with men to take more precautions. Although 98% of cases are currently occurring in this demographic, we must stress that anyone can catch Monkeypox if they are exposed to it.”

WHO statement on Monkeypox sex risk