Organizations host monkeypox forums to share information

CLEVELAND — The Greater Cleveland LGBT Community Center hosted a Monkeypox Community Forum on Wednesday night. The aim was to spread correct information about the virus to keep people informed.

What do you want to know

  • The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland hosted a monkeypox forum open to the community
  • Health professionals were present and answered questions from the public about the virus
  • Stonewall Columbus hosted an Instagram live on monkeypox in partnership with the Columbus Health Department

Matthew Graves, director of development and communications for the centre, explained why the group organized the event.

“We have seen some trends that would indicate the virus is spreading rapidly in the larger LGBTQ community. We wanted to come together as a community and make sure the community is informed,” he said.

Although a common misconception about monkeypox is that people in the LGBTQ+ community are the main ones who get it, Graves said that’s not true.

“The virus is not just targeting our community. It’s the targeting, you know, the spread is among everybody,” he said.

Health professionals from the City of Cleveland, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and the Cleveland Department of Health attended. A member of the Central proximity wellness center, who does a lot of monkeypox testing and vaccinations, was also there. They were there to answer people’s questions about this virus.

There are other organizations that provide information and resources about monkeypox. Stonewall Columbus hosted an Instagram Live with Columbus Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts to talk about the virus.

“Monkey pox is not a sexually transmitted infection. It is a viral disease that can be transmitted from person to person through prolonged skin-to-skin contact or with contaminated objects,” she said.

As new information becomes available, organizations such as Greater Cleveland LGBT Community Center and Columbus stone wall will continue to make resources available to Ohio communities.

Harry L. Blanchard