Man with monkey pox encourages people to get the vaccine

It is based on his own experience with Monkeypox. His video has been viewed about 250,000 times since Friday afternoon. He posted it to educate people about the virus outbreak, to encourage people to get vaccinated and to make it very clear, “You don’t want this.”
Anyone can get monkeypox, but a “notable fraction” of cases in the global outbreak are gay and bisexual men, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“I first became fully aware of it and noticed symptoms Friday, June 17,” Ford told CNN from a county-ordered isolation at his Los Angeles home, where he will have to stay for a few more weeks until he doesn’t. longer contagious.

He had hoped to go to Pride in New York last week. “But that wasn’t in the cards,” he said.

In the video, Ford talks about how the virus spreads and shows some of his lesions.

Monkeypox spreads when someone has direct contact with a person’s contagious rashes, scabs, or bodily fluids. It can also spread through respiratory secretions during prolonged personal contact or by touching items that have previously come into contact with the body fluids of someone affected, according to the CDC.

Ford said he had been vaguely aware of a monkeypox outbreak via Twitter, but hadn’t known how close he had gotten to the outbreak until a friend contacted him to let him know Ford may have been exposed.

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Ford said he immediately started doing a full body check.

“I noticed a few spots that I hadn’t noticed before,” says Ford, 30. He said the spots looked like pimples or ingrown hairs, so he went to a clinic in West Hollywood for a test.

Ford said a doctor took a swab and a few days later the test came back positive for monkeypox.

Ford actually said the test only confirmed what he already had new. The spots he found no longer looked like pimples.

“They got bigger very quickly and would fill up,” he said, and they were painful, especially the spots in more sensitive areas.

He also said he felt like he had the flu.

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People with monkey pox may develop a fever, headache, muscle aches, chills, swollen lymph nodes, and feel tired. He also said he suffered from night sweats, sore throat and cough.

Some of the lesions hurt so much that he went back to the doctor, who gave him painkillers

“That turned out to be very useful, because I was finally able to sleep through the night,” said Ford. “But even the painkillers didn’t numb it completely. It just made it bearable enough that I could go back to sleep.”

In the video, Ford is clearly spoken as he looks straight into the camera and warns others.

Matt Ford said he had more than 25 lesions on his body, like this one on his arm.

“Hi, my name is Matt. I have monkey pox, this sucks and you don’t want that,” Ford tells viewers.

He gives a tour of some of his 25 lesions, pointing to his face, his arms, and the spots on his abs.

“These really aren’t cute,” he says to emphasize.

While the disease is more common in Central and West Africa, this current outbreak has affected countries that have seen few, if any, cases in the past.

As of Friday, there have been 460 probable or confirmed cases in the US alone, according to the CDC. The Los Angeles County Health Department’s Monkeypox dashboard said it has 35 of the cases.

The county confirmed in an email to CNN on Thursday that it is sending isolation orders to people who test positive for monkey pox. Ford said he received his notice via email from the county on June 24.

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Last Friday, LA County confirmed that some of the cases were among gay and bisexual men. Some men attended a handful of major events. The county said it is working with organizers to notify attendees of potential exposure.

The province has already offered the Jynneos monkeypox vaccine to people who have been exposed to others who have had monkeypox. This week, the Biden administration announced steps to bolster its response to the outbreak, with detailed plans to offer more vaccines and tests to people most at risk.
The vaccines are limited, but the government said it would expand access to areas with the highest transmission rates. It said 56,000 doses would be made available immediately, with 296,000 doses of vaccine in the coming weeks and another 750,000 in the summer. On Friday, the administration ordered another 2.5 million doses.

Ever since Ford first told his friends that he was sick with monkey pox, others have informed him that they too have become ill.

Concerned that not enough people knew about it, Ford came up with the idea to make and share the TikTok video.

“Since I’ve had it, it’s become clear to me that it’s spreading quickly,” Ford said. “That’s an important reason why I’m trying to speak out and raise awareness about it.”

The reactions to the video were “amazing,” he said. He has been encouraged since several people have told him they didn’t know about it before and they have thanked him for spreading the word.

Ford also hopes the video can help end the stigma associated with the disease.

“There should be no stigma,” Ford said. “It’s just bad business.”

“Often I think silence is the enemy,” Ford added. “I’m happy to inform people and hope more people will be safe.”

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