The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidelines for Americans on how to have safe sex even if they are infected with monkeypox.
Monkeypox is a pathogen that spreads through close personal contact with an infected person or bedding they have been in contact with. The CDC says people with monkey pox can still have active and fulfilling sex lives with activities such as virtual sex, tandem masturbation, and frequent hand washing.
The CDC issued guidelines for safe sex with monkeypox, including keeping your clothes on during the act and masturbating five feet apart.
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“Have virtual sex without face-to-face contact,” reads one of the points in the CDC guide. “Masturbate together from a distance of at least six feet, without touching each other and without touching a rash or sores.”
The guide also says individuals should consider “having sex with clothes on” or covering contaminated areas with clothing to otherwise limit skin-to-skin contact. (RELATED: WHO Should Rename Monkeypox After Accusations Name Is Racist)
In addition, sexually active monkeypox patients should avoid kissing and “wash your hands, fetish gear, sex toys and all fabrics” after doing the deed, the agency said.
Finally, they recommend limiting the number of sexual partners a person has while they are infected.
The ongoing outbreak of monkeypox in the West has been largely caused by gay men, researchers believe. According to the CDC, 100 cases have been confirmed so far in the United States.