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Santa Clara County expands eligibility for monkeypox vaccine after receiving more doses

Original post made on Jul 20, 2022

Santa Clara County said Tuesday that it has expanded eligibility for the monkeypox vaccine, making it available by appointment to people who meet certain criteria.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, July 20, 2022, 9:16 AM

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Posted by Mildred Laskey
a resident of University South
on Jul 20, 2022 at 2:47 pm

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Should heterosexual individuals also consider getting vaccinated if they happen to associate with gay or bisexual men?

And should silverware and place settings be sterilized to prevent the spread of this horrid disease when entertaining guests of the LBGTQ persuasion?

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Posted by Dirk Lewellen
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 20, 2022 at 3:51 pm

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@Mildred Laskey...
I am not a public health official (just an LVN) but I would err on the side of precaution as an ounce of prevention is always worth a pound of cure.

Towels and sheets should be laundered in hot water and consider placing plastic on sofas and bedspreads if one is entertaining GBT guests for a weekend layover.

And wear disposable rubber gloves when carrying out these tasks.

This epidemic is relatively new and as the numbers of infected patients is increasing, best to play it safe.


Posted by MyFeelz
a resident of JLS Middle School
on Jul 20, 2022 at 8:04 pm

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"or otherwise attracted to men " .... A man's attraction to other men causes monkeypox? I'm with Mildred on this. Can this also be spread on doorknobs? Does the germ disappear when you put down the GQ magazine or whatever caused or allowed you to be attracted to a man? What level of attraction can cause you to be susceptible to the pox? Are kids immune to it? What are we doing to protect children from using facilities that people of unknown sexual persuasions may share?


Posted by Justine Baker RN
a resident of another community
on Jul 21, 2022 at 7:40 am

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>"or otherwise attracted to men " .... A man's attraction to other men causes monkeypox?
@MyFeelz
Monkeypox is yet another zoonotic disease that passes from animals in the wilds to humans via direct interaction (i.e. laboratory research/handling, food consumption, & bestiality).

Monkeypox originated in Nigeria/Ghana through bestiality & is currently being transmitted throughout the gay male & bisexual community via close/intimate contact.

Mayors Bill DeBlasio of New York and London Breed of San Francisco have declared monkeypox a potential epidemic & are reaching out to President Biden to expedite the production of 4,000 new doses of the monkeypox vaccine.

San Francisco was down to 50 doses of the monkeypox vaccine as of last Wednesday.

In these two major cities, countless gay & bisexual males have been standing in line for blocks & hours to receive vaccinations.

A man's mere attraction to other men did not cause the spread of monkeypox...it is spread by the exchange of bodily fluids during close physical contact (e.g. sexual relations).

As with COVID related precautions, it is always advisable to follow-up with hand sanitizer wherever you go.

Though not fatal, the symptoms of monkeypox resemble a bad case of the flu followed by lesions that can erupt and further spread the disease among those coming into direct contact with contaminated surfaces.


Posted by Jackie Brown
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 21, 2022 at 9:25 am

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MyFeelz...
The monkeypox is being spread by men engaged in homosexual and/or bisexual activities.
@Mildred Laskey
As long as one is not a participant in the aforementioned activities, the risk of contracting monkeypox is relatively low.

Monkeypox is becoming a growing epidemic in the gay and bisexual male community.


Posted by Jason Tarlick
a resident of Stanford
on Jul 22, 2022 at 7:39 am

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In addition to monkeypox, a new case of polio was reported in Rockland County, a suburb of NYC.

The last U.S. polio case was 2013 in Texas where a child originally from India was diagnosed with it.

Polio has been eradicated in most of the modern world through vaccinations with a deadened polio virus.

The oral version uses a live virus and is administered in various 3rd world countries. Occasionally this live virus can mutate and become an active case of polio.

Three countries have large outbreaks of wild poliovirus – Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria.

Though most Americans are now immune to polio, there should be better screening processes for those arriving into the United States from other countries.


Posted by Darin McPheeters
a resident of Mountain View
on Jul 22, 2022 at 2:16 pm

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If one is a sexually active gay or bisexual male it is imperative to get vaccinated ASAP.

Two doses of the vaccine are required for basic immunity.

The monkeypox virus can also be transmitted to pets.


Posted by Nelson Bouchette
a resident of another community
on Jul 23, 2022 at 7:19 am

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> The monkeypox virus can also be transmitted to pets.

Which or what kind of pets?

I am assuming that aquarium-based pets like tropical fish and snakes are immune.

Can the monkepox virus be passed on to dogs, cats, and hamsters?

And if so, must they be quarantined and/or get vaccinated by a veterinarian?


Posted by Marcus Jansen
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 23, 2022 at 7:50 am

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Unless one is an active member of the gay or bisexual community, there is absolutely no reason to be overly concerned about contracting monkeypox.

Monkeypox is a physically transmitted disease concentrated within the male LGBTQ community.


Posted by Mavis Reed
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 23, 2022 at 1:49 pm

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> Can the monkepox virus be passed on to dogs, cats, and hamsters?

^ From what I have read....yes.

>> And if so, must they be quarantined and/or get vaccinated by a veterinarian?

^ I don't know about vaccination treatments but I would sure as heck quarantine a household pet that has contracted monkeypox...wouldn't you?

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Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 23, 2022 at 1:51 pm

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It seems WHO is now jumping on the bandwagon over this.

Are we all so nervous that we are all being scared by articles such as this? Can the powers that be please state that this is unlikely to affect the general population with the exception of males in the LGBTQ community, and even then not those in monogonous relationships.


Posted by MyFeelz
a resident of JLS Middle School
on Jul 23, 2022 at 4:28 pm

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Posted by Charlene Johnson
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 24, 2022 at 9:04 am

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"...AIDS wasn't a "gay disease"

^ AIDS was another zoonotic disease in origin and like monkeypox, it spread via human interaction with monkeys and subsequent male homosexual activities.

AIDS made its way into the straight community via hospitalized blood transfusions but improved blood screening tests eventually eliminated the risks.

At that point AIDS became a disease largely associated with gay men.


Posted by Steven Jensen
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 25, 2022 at 1:12 pm

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Posted by Julia Sutter
a resident of Professorville
on Jul 25, 2022 at 2:02 pm

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Men who have sex with men (MSM) have been disproportionately affected by the disease. A large study of more than 500 monkeypox cases diagnosed across the globe found about 98% of cases were among MSM.

The WHO monkeypox tally in Africa, which covers the period from January 2022 to June 8, 2022, recorded 72 deaths from the illness within in the region.

In several African countries, where monkeypox is endemic, there were 1,536 suspected cases and 59 confirmed cases reported. These were in eight countries: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of Congro, DR Congo, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Ghana.


Posted by Richard Lamm
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 26, 2022 at 11:07 am

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COVID & now monkeypox...the United States should initiate further incoming travel restrictions from abroad as both of these diseases have emanated from other countries and associated international travel (business & vacation).

Haven't we all had enough of the preventative protocols?

Though a bit late, the best protocols are to restrict any more novel virus from entering the United States.


Posted by Greg Pfister
a resident of Stanford
on Jul 26, 2022 at 1:09 pm

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So basically speaking, the monkeypox epidemic can be easily prevented or curtailed within the MSM community by practicing safe & responsible sex.

This logical approach should not pose that much of a problem or inconvenience.


Posted by Carlyle Coulter
a resident of another community
on Jul 28, 2022 at 7:41 am

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The monkeypox epidemic is raging upwards. The United States as of today has 3,500 confirmed cases (up from 3,000 earlier this week).

Though monkeypox is pretty much relegated to the gay male population via the exchange of bodily fluids (i.e. saliva and sweat), it is becoming imperative that others (i.e. the straight community and children) use hand sanitizers after coming into contact with public facilities.

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Posted by Christopher Reed
a resident of another community
on Jul 28, 2022 at 8:40 am

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After coming down with a blistering rash, I went to my internalist to have it diagnosed.

I was one of the fortunate ones. Having attended a gay rave in NYC, I thought I had come down with monkeypox.

Since I was not vaccinated, there was some cause for concern.

Turns out I had poison ivy which I contracted during a shirtless stroll in the woods with a new friend.

The point here is that poison ivy and hives, can be sometimes be mistaken for monkeypox.

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Posted by Ben Drake
a resident of another community
on Jul 28, 2022 at 1:52 pm

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> County residents can make an appointment for the vaccine if they have had direct contact with someone who is confirmed to have contracted monkeypox or if they are gay, bisexual or otherwise attracted to men and have a recent history of multiple sexual partners, participate in group sex, have had a bacterial sexually transmitted infection like chlamydia or syphilis in the past year or perform sex work.

^ This is way too much personal information to divulge.

Can one receive a monkeypox vaccination simply as a precaution?

Tracing also poses a privacy issue.

The public health agencies have not designated monkeypox as a sexually transmitted disease (STD) yet they are targeting individuals based on sexual practices and preferences.

What gives?


Posted by Darby Daniels
a resident of another community
on Jul 29, 2022 at 8:11 am

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The current supply of monkeypox vaccine throughout the nation has become increasingly low due to demand.

Some CA counties have exausted their inventories and it is estimated that 800,000 additional doses are needed to meet existing vaccination needs.

The number of cases in the U.S. as of yesterday is 4,901...up from 3,500 just three days ago.

We are facing another epidemic as the monkeypox cases gradually increase.

Though monkeypox has been directly attributed to the GBT community, anyone can contract this disease by coming into contact with contaminated surfaces.

Wash your hands regularly and carry hand sanitizer whenever possible.

One other note...when exiting a public restroom, grab a piece of paper towel to open the door as some people do not wash their hands after going #1 or #2.

Like what's the point of washing one's hands only to contaminate them when leaving the restroom?


Posted by Harold Washington
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 29, 2022 at 1:29 pm

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The WHO is now being encouraged to change the name of monkeypox because of the perceived stigma and racism attached to it.

Speaking as a straight African American male, it is more important to expedite the production and distribution of vaccines than getting overly preoccupied with a trivial name game.

Will the WHO also be renaming the Black Plague?


Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 29, 2022 at 6:52 pm

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At the beginning of Covid, we were all told to social distance, wash hands, mask (or not mask), stay at home, don't mix outside your social bubble, etc. etc. I may be wrong, but I don't hear any of this type of advice for monkeypox, just talk about vaccines.

Is this because monkeypox vaccines are going to work better than Covid vaccines? Is it because social distancing, handwashing, masking (probably not for monkeypox), staying at home, not mixing outside social bubble was bad advice?

Is there any advice being given for monkeypox other than vaccines?


Posted by Monte Adams
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 30, 2022 at 8:09 am

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Of the 20,000+ reported cases of monkeypox globally, only 5 persons have died from it and these deaths occured in Africa.

In the United States, 5,000 monkeypox cases have been reported and the production of vaccines has been expedited to protect the most vulnerable.

Mayor London Breed of San Francisco has declared monkeypox a public health emergency along with Mayor Bill DiBlasio of NYC due to their cities large gay population.

So as it stands, monkeypox is primarily a health concern among those engaged in homosexual activities.

As poster Ms. Sutter noted...

"Men who have sex with men (MSM) have been disproportionately affected by the disease. A large study of more than 500 monkeypox cases diagnosed across the globe found about 98% of cases were among MSM."

That said, common sense precautions for the straight population is to avoid surface contaminations by using hand sanitizer, distancing oneself from people who are sneezing/sweating/spitting, and bisexual engagements.

Personally speaking, I would also avoid public places like fitness centers where human moisture is rampant both in the equipment area and shower facilities.


Posted by Eugene Cunningham
a resident of another community
on Jul 30, 2022 at 8:43 am

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"Is there any advice being given for monkeypox other than vaccines?"

As a parent of a sexually active homosexual son, I have advised him to avoid physical contact with other gay men for the time being.

We must curtail the spread of this disease and self-imposed abstinence is the first step in addition to being vaccinated.

Like COVID, the monkeypox virus is not going away on its own.

Precautionary measures are fully warranted and I have warned him that if he brings monkeypox into our home (where he also resides), he is out the door.


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