AHF Monkeypox Telecon: Los Angeles County Health Department Needs to Step Up Prevention and Surveillance

THE ANGELS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AHF, the largest global AIDS organization with treatment clinics or operations in 45 countries, will host a Zoom press teleconference THURSDAY, July 7 at 11:00 a.m. PT (2:00 p.m. ET) to discussed monkeypox in Los Angeles County and its role in an ongoing global epidemic that has disproportionately affected gay or men who have sex with men (MSM).

WHAT:

MONKEY VEROKA ZOOM PRESS TELECONFERENCE: Global epidemic hits US — AHF urges Los Angeles County Public Health to step up education, prevention and surveillance

WHEN:

Thursday, July 7th 2022 11:00 a.m. PT (2:00 p.m. ET)

WHO:

Michael Weinstein, AHF President

Stuart Burstyn, Ph.D., Doctor FACP, FCPP, AHF Interim National Director of Infectious Diseases

Adam Sukiya-Cohen, PhD, MPH, AHF Director of Advocacy and Policy Research, Division of Public Health Research

Other speakers TBD

HOW:

Join a Zoom Meeting here:

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Meeting ID: 816 2460 2597

Password: 709536

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AHF, which has diagnosed several cases of monkeypox in its clinics in Los Angeles and South Florida in recent weeks, will urge the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to quickly increase public education about monkeypox, its prevention and treatment, and to sharing data from surveillance of the outbreak(s).

AHF’s call for greater prevention education efforts by health officials comes amid news that monkeypox vaccines remain in extremely limited supply across the country. On July 1StThe New York Times reported that U.S. vaccine stockpiles contained about 56,000 doses and that federal officials expected to receive only 300,000 more doses in the coming weeks, and that other doses — several million — ordered for use in the U.S. could be between three and five months away from availability due to manufacturing timelines and/or FDA approvals and clearances.

“There is simply not enough monkeypox vaccine currently available or in immediate preparation to be distributed widely enough to prevent significant transmission of the virus today.” As a result, Los Angeles County public health officials have an even greater obligation to educate the public and specific affected communities, including gay men and men who have sex with men, about basic prevention strategies they can use. to avoid this rapidly spreading virus. said Michael Weinsteinpresident of the AHF.

The New York Times article also reported that there are currently about 5,000 confirmed cases of monkeypox in 60 countries with another 5,500 suspected cases being investigated.

“Has Los Angeles County even had monkeypox surveillance?” Weinstein added. “Unlike the early days of COVID, there was little to NO transparency or sharing of surveillance information with the public. And even when some data was shared — about outbreaks linked to two Los Angeles parties in June — the information was worded so broadly that it raised more questions or concern and led to a missed opportunity to effectively educate people who may have attended or participated in these events. We urge the Los Angeles County Health Department to get back to basics in educating the public about monkeypox prevention.

As part of an effort to educate its AHF Healthcare Center patients and clients, as well as the general public, who can seek free HIV or STD testing at one of AHF’s 35 wellness centers across the U.S., AHF has created the following AHF Monkeypox Fact Sheet: https://www.aidshealth.org?p=79853

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over 1.6 million individuals in 45 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, Asia/Pacific and Eastern Europe . To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth, follow us @aidshealthcare or subscribe to our AHF podcast “AHFter Hours.”

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