Do you have monkeypox? CDC recommends no sex, but says masturbation 6 feet apart or virtual sex reduces risk

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended that anyone with monkeypox abstain from sexual intercourse.

However, the CDC also provided a variety of ways to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus during sex as the country grapples with a surge in monkeypox infections.

“If you or your partner have monkeypox, the best way to protect yourself and others is to avoid sex of any kind (oral, anal, vaginal) and not to kiss or touch your body while sick, especially if you have a rash.” the CDC said. “Don’t share things like towels, fetish items, sex toys, and toothbrushes.”

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Health workers from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene help people register for the monkeypox vaccine at one of the City's vaccination sites, Tuesday, July 26, 2022, in New York.

Health workers from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene help people register for the monkeypox vaccine at one of the City’s vaccination sites, Tuesday, July 26, 2022, in New York.
(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The CDC went on to give advice on when, where and how someone with monkeypox can have safer sex.

“Masturbate together at least 6 feet apart, without touching each other and without touching any rashes,” the CDC recommends. “Remember to wash your hands, fetish gear, sex toys, and any fabrics (bedding, towels, clothes) after having sex.”

“Consider having sex with your clothes on or covering the areas where there is a rash, reducing skin-to-skin contact as much as possible. If the rash is limited to the genitals or anus, condoms may help; however, it is likely that condoms alone are not helpful. enough to prevent monkeypox.

People wait to receive the monkeypox vaccine at a mass vaccination site in Manhattan on July 26, 2022, in New York City.

People wait to receive the monkeypox vaccine at a mass vaccination site in Manhattan on July 26, 2022, in New York City.
(Liao Pan/China News Service via Getty Images)

Earlier this week, the Biden administration appointed top officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to serve as White House coordinators to combat the smallpox outbreak. bow.

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Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said Thursday that he was declaring a public health emergency over the monkeypox outbreak.

Later Thursday, President Biden tweeted that he remained “committed to our response to Monkeypox: increasing vaccine distribution, expanding testing, and educating communities at risk.”

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