Have monkeypox? CDC advises no sex, but says masturbation 6 feet apart or virtual sex reduce risk


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that anyone with monkeypox abstain from sex.

However, the CDC also provided a range of ways to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus during sex, as the country faces a rise in monkeypox infections.

"If you or a partner has monkeypox, the best way to protect yourself and others is to avoid sex of any kind (oral, anal, vaginal) and do not kiss or touch each other’s bodies while you are sick, especially any rash," the CDC said. "Do not share things like towels, fetish gear, sex toys, and toothbrushes."

The CDC went on to give advice on when, where and how someone with monkeypox can have safer sex.

"Masturbate together at a distance of at least 6 feet, without touching each other and without touching any rash," the CDC recommends. "Remember to wash your hands, fetish gear, sex toys and any fabrics (bedding, towels, clothing) after having sex."... (Read more)

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