Vietnam tells its medical workers to not discriminate against gay people, and the LGBT community in Spain expresses fear of monkeypox.

Being Gay Is Not A Disease, Vietnam Tells Its Medical Workers

Vietnam has advised its physicians that homosexuality is not a sickness and has urged them to stop discriminating against the LGBT population. Gay, bisexual, and trans individuals have long felt excluded in this Southeast Asian nation, and the declaration, according to activists, represents a significant advancement for LGBT rights.

The health ministry stated that "homosexuality cannot be 'cured', does not need 'to be cured' and cannot be changed," according to CBS News.

Following stories of doctors saying they could treat gender minorities, it advised medical practitioners to be respectful of gender and sexual orientation.

"Do not consider homosexuality, bisexuality or being trans a disease," it said.

Although compared to some other Asian nations, Vietnam is considered as being more progressive on LGBT issues, there is still a lot of ignorance regarding sexual orientation and gender identity.


LGBT Community In Spain Fears Monkeypox Virus


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The LGBT community in Spain is actively battling the monkeypox virus by refraining from sexual activity, avoiding nightclubs, limiting the number of partners they have, and pushing for the rapid availability of vaccines. An unidentified 35-year-old Madrid resident named Antonio said, "With this monkey thing, I prefer to be careful ... I don't have sex anymore, I don't go to parties anymore, and that's until I'm vaccinated and have some immunity,” according to WIO.

Antonio, who often frequented nightclubs and occasionally sex parties, decided to take action as the number of incidences increased. Spain has announced the second fatality linked to monkeypox. Brazil saw the only other such fatality outside of Africa. According to the World Health Organization, more than 18,000 cases have been found globally since the beginning of May outside of Africa.

One of the countries most severely impacted is Spain. According to the emergency and alert coordination center for the country's health ministry, 4,298 people were impacted.