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Monkeypox Alert: AHF Press Telcon. TODAY (6/20) at 11:00 am (Pacific Time)

THE ANGELS–(COMMERCIAL WIRE)–AHF, the world’s largest AIDS organization with treatment clinics or operations in 45 countries, will host a Zoom Press teleconference on MONDAY, June 20 at 11:00 am PST to discuss the recent outbreak global spread of monkeypox, which has disproportionately affected gay men or men who have sex with men.

WHAT:

MONKEY CHICKENPOX ZOOM PRESS CALL: Global outbreak of monkeypox

affects US, AHF to urge CDC and local health departments to review condom promotion

WHEN:

Monday, June 20ththe 2022, 11:00 a.m. (Pacific Time) (2:00 p.m. Eastern Time)

WHO:

Michael WeinsteinPresident of the AHF

Dr Stuart Burstin, Ph.D. FACP, FCPP, AHF Acting National Director of Infectious Diseases

  • NOTE: Dr. Burstin will present several slides on the monkeypox outbreak and virus.

Dr Carl Millner, AHF Internal Medicine Regional Medical Director, West

Other TBD Speakers

WHAT:

You are invited to a Zoom press conference.

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Meeting ID: 815 3534 1846

Access code: 700774

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PRESS CONTACT:

Ged Kenslea, AHF Directorate of Communications, (323) 791-5526 cell

AHF, which recently diagnosed some cases of monkeypox at its clinics in Los Angeles and South Florida, will strongly urge the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and to other health departments across the country. quickly review and revitalize programs that promote condom use to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies.

AHF’s appeal follows news last week that the World Health Organization (WHO) is now investigating reports that scientists have detected viral DNA in the semen of a handful of monkeypox patients in Italy. and Germany. Reuters noted that the cases being investigated included “…a sample analyzed in a laboratory that suggested that the virus found in the semen of a single patient was capable of infecting another person and replicating. (Read more)

Reuters also reported, “Many cases in the current monkeypox outbreak, largely centered in Europe, are among sexual partners who have had close contact, and the agency reiterated that the virus is transmitted primarily through close interpersonal contact.”

“Although much scientific research clearly remains to be done on this global outbreak of monkeypox, including to determine whether this virus can actually be transmitted sexually, AHF believes it is reasonable and prudent to urge the CDC, the Los Angeles County Department of Health and other health agencies to go back to basics and promote condom use as a prevention tool,” he said. Michael WeinsteinAHF president.

Separately, the CDC reported last year that STDs hit an all-time high for the sixth year in a row. In a press release issued in April 2021, the agency reported that 2.5 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were reported in 2019.

Health officials working on testing and prevention across the country report that this trend appears to be continuing. Some credit (or blame) the fact that people are coming out of more than two years of isolated COVID lockdowns, as well as the fact that the CDC and other health departments siphoned off money (millions and millions of dollars) and others resources, including redeployment of staff. from STD and HIV testing and prevention to COVID testing.

“We know that condoms can prevent a large number of STDs, including HIV transmission and unintended pregnancies. Until the possible sexual transmission of monkeypox is ruled out, or unless it is ruled out, condom use remains a prudent public health approach that health officials around the world should adopt and encourage,” Weinstein added.

AIDS Health Care Foundation (AHF), the world’s largest AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to more than 1.6 million people in 45 countries around the world in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific region and Eastern Europe. For more information about AHF, visit our website: www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth, follow us @aidshealthcare or subscribe to our AHF podcast “AHFter Hours.”

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