It is always surprising to wake up hearing about a new disease that suddenly spreads around. Like how does this happen? What causes these diseases? Honestly, it is something we all think about. The worldwide outbreak of monkeypox has sparked questions about how the virus spread so quickly and has generated widespread panic.
Sex is one of the ways monkeypox infections have spread. Undoubtedly, anyone can become infected with the disease through skin-to-skin contact, sexual activity, or social gatherings. That is why having safe sex is always recommended, not only during an outbreak but at all times.
I’m sure the next thing going through your mind would be, “Since it is advised to have safe sex to prevent me from getting monkeypox, does that mean a condom can protect against it? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (C.D.C.), condoms may shield you from monkeypox exposure in your anus (butthole), mouth, penis, or vagina. Still, they may not be sufficient to protect you from rashes on other body parts.
Condoms will not stop that form of virus transmission if people touch each other on the chest, the back, or even when holding hands.
Theoretically, if the condom can cover the area and the infection is just in the penis shaft, it may lessen the disease risk.
Currently, there is not enough knowledge or statistics to say how much protection a condom might offer against monkeypox. However, condoms are an easy and wise precaution considering the high number of people with unpleasant oral and rectal sores.
However, healthcare experts advise condom use to lower the chance of monkeypox infection and generally prevent sexually transmitted diseases.
Do not put yourself at risk and get exposed to the monkeypox outbreak. Protect yourself by practising safe sex, distance yourself from specific social gatherings, and refrain from getting all touchy with people. There is also a vaccine available to combat the virus. Therefore, taking the vaccine is another good idea. You can always speak to a doctor if you have concerns and questions about the monkeypox disease.