The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released some updated data on Friday regarding the transmission and prevention of the monkepox virus, or MPV.
We already know that the 2022 MPV outbreak is primarily associated with sexual and intimate contact — although it is not technically considered an STI (sexually transmitted infection) since it is still possible to spread through non-sexual contact. We also know that, according to recent data from the CDC, “gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) who have been disproportionately affected by MPV are reducing one-time partnerships.”
This latest study released by the CDC indicates that one-time partnerships, which account for about 3 percent of daily sexual partnerships and 16 percent of daily sex acts, account for approximately 50 percent of daily MPV transmission. The study also noted that a 40 percent reduction in “one-time partnerships” could delay the overall spread of monkeypox — and reduce the percentage of new infections by 20 to 31 percent.
Watch gay mens’ sexual health expert Doctor Carlton break down these latest findings in this recent Instagram post: