The first major peer-reviewed study of monkeypox infections has found that the virus is primarily being transmitted through the sexual activity of gay and bisexual men in the United States and around the world.
The Journal of New England Medicine on Thursday published a study that looked at monkeypox infection across 16 countries between April and June, when cases began to emerge in countries outside of Africa.
The study reported on 528 infections diagnosed between April 27 and June 24, of which 98 percent were in gay or bisexual men with a median age of 38. Of these cases, 95 percent of the infections were suspected to have been transmitted through sexual activity—41 percent also had HIV.
Disease experts and officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) don’t consider monkeypox a sexually transmitted infection but have always said it could be transmitted through intimate contact, such as sex. It can also be spread by close contact and even infected clothing and bedding.
Until this year, monkeypox virus infection in humans has been rare outside of Africa, where it is endemic but mostly spread from animals. But there are now more than 16,000 cases worldwide in countries that mostly have not historically had monkeypox, according to the CDC.
Most of the cases appear to be in North America and Western Europe, where some of the first cases were linked to major LGBT events in Spain and Belgium, considered ground zero for facilitating transmission of the virus.
The leading theory among disease experts is that the monkeypox virus was sexually transmitted at those events.
An uptick in recent U.S. cases suggests transmission occurred at the tail end of Pride Month in late June and early July, based on the study finding that incubation is between three and 20 days (usually seven days).
A number of Tampa Bay Rays players decided not to wear rainbow-colored logos on their uniforms as part of the team’s annual LGBTQ “Pride Night” on Saturday.
The Rays officials wanted full participation from the team but gave all of the players a choice to “opt-in” and wear a rainbow-colored logo added to the “TB” on their ball caps and a sunburst on the right sleeve of their game jerseys.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, more than half the players appeared to participate.
But some players refused to wear the LGBTQ+ logos including pitchers Jason Adam, Jalen Beeks, Brooks Raley, Jeffrey Springs, and Ryan Thompson. The pitchers and other players who chose not to wear the “Pride Night” apparel wore their regular home game jerseys and hat.
Adam was chosen by team officials to speak for the players who opted out. He told The Times it was primarily a “faith-based” decision.
“A lot of it comes down to faith, to like a faith-based decision,” the Rays pitcher said. “So it’s a hard decision. Because ultimately we all said what we want is them to know that all are welcome and loved here. But when we put it on our bodies, I think a lot of guys decided that it’s just a lifestyle that maybe — not that they look down on anybody or think differently — it’s just that maybe we don’t want to encourage it if we believe in Jesus, who’s encouraged us to live a lifestyle that would abstain from that behavior, just like (Jesus) encourages me as a heterosexual male to abstain from sex outside of the confines of marriage. It’s no different.”
Adam also told the newspaper that he and the rest of the players love and care about these men and women.
“It’s not judgmental. It’s not looking down,” he explained. “It’s just what we believe the lifestyle he’s encouraged us to live, for our good, not to withhold. But again, we love these men and women, we care about them, and we want them to feel safe and welcome here.”
If you’re wondering where America’s heroes rank on Joe Biden’s list of priorities, try below the rainbow flag. While federal agencies have been tripping over themselves to pledge allegiance to LGBT activism, two couldn’t be bothered to recognize the fallen troops who make our freedom possible. Despite a government-wide tweet-fest over Pride Month, the Departments of Justice and Treasury managed to ignore Memorial Day altogether.
Family Research Council’s executive vice president, Lt. General (Ret.) Jerry Boykin could only shake his head at the administration’s tunnel vision. “It’s astounding that any government agency would refuse to acknowledge and honor the military men and women who died fighting for this country. We see this administration setting aside an entire month to recognize and celebrate with the LGBT community, while at the same time, we have a large number of homeless veterans and others with severe disabilities and PTSD. When are we going to set aside a designated period of time to help them?”