Response to monkeypox 'worse' than response to HIV, experts say


The response to monkeypox is “worse” than that to HIV, experts say

The number of monkeypox cases is increasing rapidly around the world.

Scientists and activists who participate in International AIDS Conference in Montreal on Sunday urged governments around the world to allocate more resources to fight the monkeypox epidemic.

International experts met earlier in the day to discuss the need to avoid repeating the mistakes made when HIV first arrived.

Dr Meg Doherty, director of HIV, hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections programs at the World Health Organization (WHO), told reporters that an equitable approach is crucial in ensuring that the tools are available not only in wealthier countries but also in Africa, where monkeypox has traditionally been present.

Over 19,000 cases of the disease have been reported in the last few months in 78 countries, mostly in men who have sex with men. A total of 803 such cases were listed in Canada as of July 29.

Keletso Makofane, a public health researcher at Harvard University, called the response worse than the initial response to HIV, saying that we already have enough information about the virus to contain it.

Meanwhile, Professor Marina Klein, director of research in the division of infectious diseases and the service of chronic viral diseases at McGill University, argued that more studies are needed to understand the extent of transmission of this disease.


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