AIDS advocates are alarmed by the monkeypox outbreak. Here we go again. Were any lessons learned?
The community that Ken Pinkela, 55, emerged into was no stranger to catastrophe when he was first navigating his coming out journey as a gay man.
Gay men who were infected with lethal HIV turned to self-created support groups to organise protests, seek concerns about medical care, and fight against illness-related isolation and stigma.
So, Pinkela claimed that he wasn't the only one in Milford, New York, during one of those same weekly AIDS support meetings to feel a disturbing sensation of déjà vu. researching the monkeypox
Here we go again," declared Pinkela, a former lieutenant colonel in the Army who is now an HIV activist. "Have we not learned from those errors? It's completely incorrect to see it now, coming out of the gate.
Although there are striking parallels between the monkeypox and the HIV virus that can cause AIDS, the monkeypox is significantly less deadly and has a much lower incidence of severe or fatal cases.
Health authorities had access to accurate diagnostics, a vaccine, and a tried-and-true therapy to stop an outbreak of monkeypox, unlike when HIV first appeared in the U.S. in 1981.
Others caution against making too many analogies, citing the noticeable advancement in the cultural acceptance of the LGBTQ population and the variation in the virus symptom severity.