Things go from bad to worse after a doctor notices a man was ‘riddled’ with monkeypox on a crowded subway

A Spanish doctor was traveling on the Madrid metro when he noticed a disturbing scene: another passenger was “completely riddled” with monkeypox lesions, “from head to toe, including his hands”. What happened next was equally disturbing.

Dr Arturo M Henriques posted the story in a series of tweets, which were translated and have since gone viral.

“I see the situation and I also see the people around me as if nothing had happened,” he wrote.

The doctor decided to ‘become a Karen’ (his words, not ours) and approached the man, who said his own doctor had advised him not to self-isolate and just wear a mask .

“I tell him that wounds all over his body are the most contagious,” Henriques said. “That I am a doctor and that he may not have understood all the indications of his family doctor…”

According to the World Health Organization, “monkey pox is transmitted to humans through close contact with an infected person”, primarily through “close contact with lesions”.

The man pushed Henriques back, so the doctor turned to the other passengers closest to him. He asked a woman sitting next to the infected man if she was worried about contracting the disease.

“How am I [get] if I’m not gay? ” she answered.

The woman clarified that “the government said that it was homosexuals who should take care of themselves”.

Accenting this part of the story with some well-placed face palm emojis, the doctor said he decided to stop arguing and immediately got off the train.

After his first posts gained traction, Henriques says he was interviewed by a local news station. His 15-minute interview was cut down to an 8-second clip.

While the current outbreak of the virus has focused on gay and bisexual men, the fact that straight people think they are immune has everything to do with the stigma surrounding how it is talked about.

Closer to home, conservatives like Marjorie Taylor Greene have added to the confusion by blaming the whole situation on “gay sex orgies”.

Tucker Carlson, meanwhile, suggested calling it Schlong Covid instead of monkeypox. Very helpful, Tuck.

Although the medical community reiterates that monkeypox is not a gay disease, and is not an STI, stigma and misinformation seem to spread as fast as the virus itself.

“It is already spreading beyond the wider gay and bisexual or LGBTQ+ community. So it is for these reasons that it is extremely important that we learn from our past and our history,” Colin Quinn, president of communities at Include Health, told Newsweek recently. “I’ve said before that we learned in the playbook about HIV/AIDS, and the lack of basic messaging that happened there that created so much stigma… [We need] to really learn from it.

New York, California and Illinois have all declared states of emergency over the spread of the virus.

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