N.C. health officials, Equality NC to discuss monkeypox in virtual town hall

RALEIGH, NC (WBTV/AP) – Equality NC is partnering with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to host a virtual town hall to discuss the monkeypox outbreak.

that the virtual municipality will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 28. Participants said they will share information on how to get screened for monkeypox, get tested and find treatment.

Those interested in participating can enter the town hall here or via One Tap Mobile.

Anyone can get monkeypox, but most of the cases identified globally and in NC in the current outbreak have been in men who have sex with men, state health officials said.

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said 98% of monkeypox cases detected since the outbreak began in May have been among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men. He urged those at risk to take steps to protect themselves, according to the Associated Press.

Connected: WHO chief advises reducing sexual partners to avoid monkeypox

“This means making safe choices for yourself and others, for men who have sex with men,” Tedros said. “This includes, for now, reducing the number of sexual partners you have.”

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not suggested that men who have sex with men reduce their sexual partners, only that they avoid skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash that could be monkeypox, the AP reported.

To date, more than 19,000 cases have been reported in more than 75 countries; deaths have been reported only in Africa.

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