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CDC: Monkeypox disproportionately affecting Black, Latino gay men

(Source: Screenshot - KPIX CBS SF Bay Area/YouTube)
(Source: Screenshot – KPIX CBS SF Bay Area/YouTube)

New statistics provided by the CDC indicates Black and Latino men who have sex with other men currently account for more than half of the cases of Monkeypox in the United States.

On Aug. 16, the CDC reported 12,689 cases of Monkeypox in the U.S. Currently , there are more than 38,000 cases around the world.

Monkeypox can be transmitted through close physical contact with any sex or sexual orientation, but the cases of new infection skew toward men and transgender people who have sex with men.

The increase in Monkeypox cases among men of color appears similar to the historical disparities in HIV/AIDS cases in the United States.

Recent CDC data shows about 99% of Monkeypox cases were men, and 94% of them reported sex or other close physical contact with other men.

The CDC released data on Aug. 18 for more than 6,000 cases, which included demographics. About 35% of Monkeypox cases are white, 33% are Latino and nearly 28% are Black. Given population size among Black and Latino men in the U.S., the disparities appear high.

More about the increase in Monkeypox cases among men of color can be found here

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