CDC Reports One-Time Hookups Make Up for 50% of Monkeypox (MPVX) Cases in US

Saturday September 10, 2022
Originally published on August 31, 2022

CDC Reports One-Time Hookups Make Up for 50% of Monkeypox (MPVX) Cases in US
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A report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that one-time hook-ups make up for 50% of the monkeypox (MPVX) cases.

This latest study indicates that one-time partnerships, which account for about 3 percent of daily sexual partnerships and 16 percent of daily sex acts, account for approximately 50% of daily MPVX transmission. The study also noted that a 40X reduction in "one-time partnerships" could delay the overall spread of monkeypox — and reduce the percentage of new infections by 20 to 31 percent. HIV Plus magazine writes.

The report also points out that if one-time hook-ups were reduced would "not only decreased the final percentage of MSM infected, but it also increased the number of days needed to reach a given level of infection in the population, allowing more time for vaccination efforts to reach susceptible persons. If decreasing one-time partnerships were combined with additional mitigation measures such as vaccination or shorter time from symptom onset to testing and treatment, this effect would be higher. Reductions in one-time partnerships, a change in behavior already being reported by MSM, might significantly reduce MPVX transmission"


An Instagram post from DoctorCarlton, a San Diego-based gay gastroenterologist, writes: "New study today in @cdcgov MMWR shows 50% of new #monkeypox infections occur from random one time hookups. Simply cutting those hookups can dramatically reduce the number of infections daily until we can get fully immunized !!"

He says in the post: "A new study today in the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report shows that one time random hookups are responsible for. A new study today in the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report shows that one time random hookups are responsible for up to 50% of daily monkey pox and infections. So, modeling that out statistically, if we can reduce random one time hookups across the United States by 40% we can drop the number of new infections 20 to 30% or 40%."

In related MPVX news, the New York Times announced the Biden Administration "announced a new plan on Tuesday to send extra doses of monkeypox vaccine to states for use at events or sites that can reach more people of color and others who have lacked access to shots."

Called an "equity intervention pilot," it "will offer 10,000 vials of vaccine, or as many as 50,000 doses, that can be distributed by local officials to five different venues. Officials said the doses were meant for people who might struggle to find appointments or worry about the stigma of attending public vaccination events."