*Note from Wolters Kluwer clinical experts: In November 2022, the World Health Organization, who is responsible for naming and renaming of diseases under the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), changed the name of the disease referred to as “monkeypox” to “mpox”. This change was made to follow current best practices of not naming diseases after animals or geographic locations, and to reduce any stigma that could be associated with the original name. The virus that causes mpox will continue to be referred to as monkeypox virus until the International Committee on the Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) officially decides what the name of the virus should be.
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Preventing stigma as mpox (monkeypox) affects gay, bisexual community
According to current research, 98% of positive cases have been in gay or bisexual men, and transmission has largely been thought to occur during sexual activity. Wolters Kluwer epidemiologist Mackenzie Weiss shares her thoughts on the spread of misinformation.