WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, commended the Biden Administration for appointing Robert Fenton and Dr. Demetre Daskalakis to serve as White House coordinator and deputy coordinator, respectively, to combat the spread of Monkeypox (MPV), while calling for more immediate action on the part of the federal government. Fenton helped lead FEMA’s COVID-19 mass vaccination campaign as FEMA’s acting administrator and Dr. Daskalakis is the director of the CDC’s HIV prevention division who also serves as an expert on issues impacting the LGBTQ+ community.
HRC has been closely monitoring the monkeypox outbreak, especially as the virus spreads primarily among gay, bisexual and transgender men, and transgender women. According to the CDC, as of August 1, there were 5,810 confirmed cases of MPV in the U.S., though this number is likely an undercount due to limited testing capacity. As of today, the cities of San Francisco and New York as well as New York State, Illinois and California have declared states of emergency.
In an effort to get accurate and timely information to the LGBTQ+ community, HRC launched a resource page that lays out what the virus is, how it spreads, symptoms to watch for and current vaccine information, among other crucial information based on CDC and HHS guidance. MPV is a rare but potentially serious, viral illness that typically involves flu-like symptoms, accompanied by a rash, which may look like pimples or blisters. This virus can be transmitted to anyone, anywhere through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact.
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ+ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.
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