There is one fact about the monkeypox outbreak that the White House of President Joe Biden is just not telling the American people.
What is it? It is that the monkeypox outbreak is occurring almost exclusively among gay or bisexual men.
This fact has been established by a study recently published by the New England Journal of Medicine. The study found that “overall, 98% of the persons with infection were gay or bisexual men.”
This fact has also been backed up by both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The CDC has essentially buried this fact deep in its website. But, if one searches long enough on the CDC website one will find this statement: “Currently, this outbreak is largely affecting gay, bisexual, or other men who have sex with men.” The CDC, in a different area of its website, downplays this fact, stating, “many—though not all—of the reported monkeypox cases have been among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men.”
WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has been more direct – kind of. Recently, Tedros stated:
Although I am declaring a public health emergency of international concern, for the moment this is an outbreak that is concentrated among men who have sex with men, especially those with multiple sexual partners. That means that this is an outbreak that can be stopped with the right strategies in the right groups.
Tedros, however, hastened to add that “stigma and discrimination can be as dangerous as any virus and can fuel the outbreak.”
Another double standard
The simple fact is that public health officials seem to be downplaying or outright ignoring the truth about the monkeypox outbreak, and, as Douglas Blair of The Daily Signal points out, this, ultimately, is making it more difficult to put forth an effective public health policy to combat it.
In the process of making his point, Blair points out the glaring difference between how public health officials are handling the monkeypox outbreak as compared to how they handled the COVID outbreak.
“Medical tyrants such as the National Institutes of Health’s Dr. Anthony Fauci seemed perfectly willing to stigmatize those who wanted to maintain their freedoms as ‘anti-science,’ and more than one unmasked American was accused of being a grandma-killer,” Blair wrote.
Yet, he noted, now the truth about the monkeypox outbreak – that it is really a pandemic among gay men – is being hidden in order not to stigmatize gay men.
As Blair argues, “it’s time to stop beating around the bush when it comes to public health. Dire ramifications arise when politics seep into health care.”