A new crisis has hit the LGBT community hard: Monkeypox. Read our coverage of the disease below.
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New monkeypox infections are continuing to decrease week to week in Florida.
In the past week there have been 153 new cases for a total of 2,301 – a 7% increase for the week.
Monkeypox in Florida is slowing down. In the past week there have been 226 new cases of the infection for a total of 2,148 – an 11% increase for the week.
Miami-Dade is still the No. 1 county in the state with 760 cases.
Cases of monkeypox continued to rise this past week in the state, with 72% of the infections in South Florida.
There are now more than 1,350 cases in the tri-county area as of Aug. 30.
Cases of monkeypox continued to rise this past week in the state, with 75% of the infections coming from South Florida.
There are now more than 1,200 cases in the tri-county area as of Aug. 22.
Cases of monkeypox in South Florida continued to rise this past week, with infections now topping 1,000.
Last week, Miami-Dade overtook Broward for the No. 1 county in the state with monkeypox cases. Broward now has 446 as of Aug. 15, according to data from the Florida Department of Health, while Miami-Dade has 513; a 40% increase from last week.
With national guidance in flux, it appears the Florida Department of Health is trying to keep up, causing some confusion to those seeking a monkeypox vaccination.
SFGN confirmed Tuesday FDOH would stop giving a second dose of the monkeypox vaccine. On Thursday they reversed that decision.
SFGN confirmed Tuesday the Florida Department of Health would stop giving a second dose of the monkeypox vaccine.
“To maximize the supply of smallpox/monkeypox, Jynneos vaccines, the Department of Health is using all available doses as first doses only,” said Nina Levine, the Public Information Officer for the Florida Department of Health Broward County. “Second doses will be rescheduled as vaccine supply increases.”
Miami-Dade has overtaken Broward for the number of monkeypox cases in the state with 367.
Broward has 330 as of Aug. 7.
Gov. Ron DeSantis believes the concern surrounding the current monkeypox outbreak is overblown, accusing politicians of “trying to sow fear into the population.”
After weeks of sharp increases, the rise in Broward County’s monkeypox cases has slowed slightly.
Since the state saw its first monkeypox case, cases have risen at an alarming rate, but over the past week, that rate of increase dipped.
Two months after Florida saw its first monkeypox case, cases have been rising at an alarming level in the state and nationwide.
Since then, cases have risen to 310 cases, up from the 180 cases in the state last week.
A coalition of LGBT organizations in California is warning the state could become the epicenter of the disease if there isn’t immediate expanded access to testing and vaccines.
The organizations are also requesting the disease be renamed “hMPXV.”
A collection of LGBT supportive organizations hosted a rally in New York City last week to demand a robust local, state and federal response to the monkeypox outbreak, which has disproportionately affected transgender women, gay/bi men, and other men who have sex with men.
Since that first case in Broward County in late May, monkeypox cases have risen to 105 in the state.
As of July 10, Broward had 67 of those cases; the most of any county in the state, according to the Florida Department of Health. Miami-Dade had 18 cases; Orange and Pinellas Counties each had five; Palm Beach County had four; Polk County had two; and Collier, Lake, Santa Rosa, and Seminole Counties each had one.
There is a lot of fear and misinformation around the monkeypox outbreak in Broward County, which is disproportionately affecting the gay and bisexual community.
To help get the word out, the Pride Center and Our Fund Foundation hosted a town hall with a panel of experts.
Years from now, there will be gay men who made it through a case of monkeypox who will have the scars up and down the shaft of their penis to prove it.
Let me repeat that. Scars. On their cock. For the rest of their lives.
Brian Thomas was about to get an education in living with a new viral threat, joining a growing number of people worldwide who have been diagnosed with monkeypox, a sometimes-debilitating infection that causes fever, abdominal cramps, and painful blisters that can scar the body. It is also highly infectious.
On May 22 the Florida Department of Health in Broward County (DOH-Broward) announced the presumptive diagnosis is related to a patient who was involved in international travel. DOH-Broward said that person is in isolation.
Monkeypox is similar to smallpox, and the smallpox vaccine is likely to provide cross-protection.