Attending mass gatherings is the best way to avoid viral infection, according to Science. See “Pride parades should go on despite monkeypox concerns: WHO” (The Hill, May 30):
A World Health Organization (WHO) adviser said on Monday that people should not change their plans to attend pride parades next month amid the increased circulation of monkeypox.
“It’s important that people who want to go out and celebrate gay pride, LGBTQ+ pride, to continue to go and plan to do so,” said Andy Seale, a strategies adviser in the WHO Department of Global HIV, Hepatitis and Sexually Transmitted Infections Programmes.
WHO experts have pointed to sex at two recent raves in Europe as the leading theory for the spread of the virus, which is endemic in areas of Africa. The agency has said several cases have been reported among men who have sex with men, but cautioned it may be a reflection of “positive health seeking behavior” in that demographic, given that the cases were identified at sexual health clinics.
Seale said at Monday’s public briefing that the organization has linked cases to a number of “social events” in European countries.
Monkeypox and variant SARS-CoV-2 will presumably be celebrating at today’s NYC Pride March. From Wikipedia:
New York City Pride March is an event celebrating the LGBTQ community; it is one of the largest annual Pride marches in the world, attracting tens of thousands of participants and millions of sidewalk spectators each June.
Readers: Who is going to a Pride event today? Below, Science explains why Pride events are typically in March rather than June here in Florida:
- Since 2SLGBTQQIA+ sexual activity is, according to Science, a sure path to pregnancy… “Planned Parenthood to Lead NYC Pride March: ‘Pride Was Born of Protest'” (NBC)
- “After Roe v. Wade reversal, Pride parades may resemble protest marches of decades past” (also NBC)