People protest during a rally calling for more government action to combat the spread of monkeypox in New York on July 21. Photo: AFP
People protest during a rally calling for more government action to combat the spread of monkeypox in New York on July 21. Photo: AFP
Salomé Grouard
Opinion

Opinion

Lunar by Salomé Grouard

Monkeypox outbreaks increase the urgency of the fight against homophobia

  • Government mixed messaging recalls the early years of the Aids crisis, when the disease was seen as affecting only the ‘gay community’, resulting in insufficient deployment of resources
  • In Asia, where gay sex is outlawed in several countries, the fear of stigmatisation and worse is preventing people from coming forward to be tested

People protest during a rally calling for more government action to combat the spread of monkeypox in New York on July 21. Photo: AFP
People protest during a rally calling for more government action to combat the spread of monkeypox in New York on July 21. Photo: AFP
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