Monkey pox: UK wants to vaccinate 'at risk' gay men

Monkey pox: UK wants to vaccinate 'at risk' gay men< /p> UPDATE DAY

LONDON | The British health agency on Tuesday recommended the vaccination against monkeypox of gay men considered “at risk”, for example because they have multiple partners, public particularly affected by the recent spread. < /p>

“While anyone can get monkeypox, current data shows higher levels of transmission among (but not limited to) sexual networks of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men,” noted the British public health agency (UKHSA) in a press release.

If it is not a sexually transmitted infection, transmission can occur by close contact such as sexual intercourse .

The British authorities therefore recommend vaccination with the Imvanex vaccine for men considered at risk by doctors. This concerns in particular “those who have several partners, participate in group sexual relations or frequent establishments” where they have relations, it is specified.

Usually circulating in Central Africa and West, the virus is, outside of Europe, now present in Australia, the Middle East, North America and South America, totaling more than 2,100 cases from January 1 to June 15.


The United Kingdom had recorded 793 cases as of June 16.

Known in humans since 1970, monkey pox (“monkeypox” in English) or “simian orthopoxvirus” is a disease considered rare, caused by a virus transmitted to humans by infected animals. 

It first results in a high fever and quickly evolves into a rash, with the formation of scabs. Most often benign, it usually heals spontaneously after two to three weeks.