Males who’ve intercourse with males (MSM) account for the overwhelming majority of US monkeypox circumstances, and a brand new survey exhibits city versus rural MSM have considerably completely different attitudes about vaccination and illness prevention. The survey outcomes are printed in The Journal of Rural Well being.
The examine members had been recruited in August of 2022 from the homosexual relationship app Grindr. A complete of 582 males answered questions on geographic location, expertise with monkeypox infections, angle surrounding vaccination, and sexual habits.
A lot of the members had been city residents (71.8%) and 28.2% had been rural, with 61.3% figuring out as white, and 64.4% reporting having a bachelor’s diploma or greater. Over two-thirds of members had oral intercourse (86.8%) and condomless anal intercourse (67.9%) with a nonprimary male intercourse accomplice previously 6 months, the authors mentioned, and 95.2% had heard of monkeypox.
Greater than three-quarters of the members (77.1%) had not been vaccinated towards monkeypox, however city residents had been much less prone to consider that they had been in danger for the virus in comparison with city dwellers. Rural residents additionally reported extra perceived boundaries to accessing the vaccine.
In one other new examine based mostly on a survey of largely MSM British males, authors discovered vaccine acceptability to be very excessive (86%), however general members mentioned they’d low (34%) understanding of public well being information. That examine was printed in HIV Drugs.
The examine was based mostly on 1,932 survey respondents, 1,750 of whom recognized as males, 88 as ladies, and 64 as gender non-conforming. The objective of the survey was to grasp the general public response to public well being and media messaging in the course of the monkeypox outbreak of 2022. A complete of 80% of members recognized as homosexual, bisexual (12%), heterosexual (4%), and pansexual (2%).
General, 52% of respondents thought-about themselves in danger, 61% agreed that folks with monkeypox ought to isolate for 21 days, 49% reported they’d first attend a sexual well being clinic if symptomatic, and 86% reported they’d settle for a vaccine.