In New York, the homosexual community is mobilizing against monkeypox

They were a few hundred in front of the Manhattan courthouse, to have responded to the call of the association Act Up. This Thursday, July 21, Mordechai Levovitz, founder of Jewish Queer Youth, an association that helps Jewish homosexuals, harangues the crowd: ” Are you angry ? » And to attack the Biden administration, accused of responding too timidly to the epidemic of monkeypox which mainly affects homosexuals with multiple partners in New York. : “This administration says it is our friend. But putting on the rainbow flag means nothing if you don’t take care of your gay friends. »

According to the city’s health department, there were 639 confirmed cases of monkeypox in New York on July 19, affecting 97.7% of men – only one woman was infected. The patients are 52.4% LGBT, 1.4% heterosexual and 46.2% with an as yet unspecified sexual orientation. “If you are a man who has sex with men and have multiple or anonymous sex partners, your likelihood of exposure is high,” warns the city’s website, which states that “Anyone can catch and transmit monkeypox”. The epidemic is galloping. The number of cases in New York rose by 200 in three days, to 839 on Friday out of a total of 2,891 nationwide.

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“Manhattan is the epicenter of the outbreak, but the city hasn’t had its fair share of vaccines. We had 30% of the infections, but only 10% of the doses”, deplores Jason Cianciotto, vice-president of the association for the fight against AIDS GMHC. These are indeed delivered in dribs and drabs. To be entitled to a vaccine, administered free of charge and managed by the federal state, you must be of legal age, be homosexual, bisexual or transgender having had multiple or anonymous reports in the past two weeks. It is above all necessary to register on the Internet first, but the computer system has failed three times and above all, the appointments fly away in a few minutes.

“The next meeting train will be open tomorrow at 6 p.m.”, hopes Ty Boring, who has not been able to find a niche for several weeks. This Sunday, July 24, impossible to book any vaccination on the Internet. To unblock the situation, the federal government bought 1.1 million doses from a Bavarian Nordic factory, based in Denmark, but the authorizations of the Food and Drugs Administration, which was to inspect the factory, dragged on until the mid-July.

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