“I felt like they were afraid of me.” Monkeypox patients call out lack of support from healthcare professionals, government

As cases continue to rise in North America, queer and trans men are still struggling to access monkeypox vaccines, treatment and financial aid

Without emergency treatment, lesions from monkeypox would have cost Brandon sight in one of his eyes.

The 36-year-old from Toronto contracted the virus in mid-June and the effects were physically and psychologically brutal. Forced to quarantine for 21 days, Brandon—who did not want his last name used because he has family living in a South American country where homosexuality remains illegal—says he was lonely, afraid and in despair.

Such feelings stem from those who develop monkeypox being forced to quarantine for at least 21 days, with no financial support from governments and with little practical information or support from the healthcare system about how to care for themselves. Many, especially those who may not be open about their sexuality, are also facing stigmatization from the disease.

This article was written br Krishna Rau for xtra. Please click HERE to read the full article.

 

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