MATTHEWS: CDC raises eyebrows with guidelines on how to avoid monkeypox

FILE - A sign at the entrance to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seen, Tuesday, April 19, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Ron Harris, File)

On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted guidelines for how people can reduce their chances of catching monkeypox, a viral disease that President Joe Biden has now declared a “public health emergency” and which has a confirmed total of 7,510 cases in the U.S. as of this writing. 

Because the vast majority of cases (95%) have reportedly stemmed from gay men having sex, the guidelines from the CDC revolved around sexual activity. 

“… the best way to protect yourself and others is to avoid sex of any kind (oral, anal, vaginal) and kissing or touching each other’s bodies — while you are sick,” they advised. “Especially avoid touching any rash. Do not share things like towels, fetish gear, sex toys, and toothbrushes.” 

But just in case people couldn’t resist the urge to get frisky with each other, the CDC provided some guidelines that they say would lessen the likelihood of catching monkeypox due to intimate contact. 

“Limit your number of sex partners to reduce your likelihood of exposure,” they suggested. 

“Spaces like back rooms, saunas, sex clubs, or private and public sex parties, where intimate, often anonymous sexual contact with multiple partners occurs — are more likely to spread monkeypox,” the CDC warned, perhaps in tacit acknowledgment of the existence of gay sex parties, which are especially prevalent in big cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles. 

“Consider having sex with your clothes on or covering areas where rash is present, reducing as much skin-to-skin contact as possible,” was another recommendation from the same CDC that never issued “if you have to go that crowded party or church during the COVID outbreak, here’s what you should do” guidelines. 

Instead of considering “having sex with your clothes on,” consider this: 

For the two years of the coronavirus pandemic, just about all we heard from Democrats, the media, and supposed “health experts” was on how anything less than quadruple masking and staying indoors was akin to a desire to murder your fellow man because you wanted to go out and live your life. 

People who participated in “reopen protests” were widely mocked in “news” reports as “selfish” and supposedly being willing to “risk the lives of others” because they wanted to be able to provide for their families. 

In contrast, “woke” leftists who marched in the Black Lives Matter-led “protests” over the officer-involved death of George Floyd in the summer of 2020 were encouraged to do so by health professionals, over 1,200 of which signed a letter urging local officials not to squelch the protests over concerns about spreading the coronavirus. 

“…as public health advocates, we do not condemn these gatherings as risky for COVID-19 transmission. We support them as vital to the national public health and to the threatened health specifically of Black people in the United States,” the letter read in part. 

And yet here we have another outbreak and one that appears to be predominantly impacting sexually active gay men, and the recommendations from the CDC are, in so many words, “you should avoid sex for a little while but if you simply must, do it virtually or wear condoms and gloves to try and prevent catching it or transmitting it.” 

So shutting down businesses and arresting business owners who didn’t comply was okay for Democrats during the COVID outbreak, along with forcing people to postpone funerals. But “woke protests” needed to happen two years ago, and now, imploring gay men to not have sex during the monkeypox outbreak and not encouraging them to have other forms of sex is unacceptable, apparently. 

The duplicitous political decision-making surrounding declarations made by Democrat “leaders” and “health officials” during the COVID pandemic versus now on monkeypox is staggering to witness. And the result will be the further erosion of trust in public health officials during future outbreaks. 

North Carolina native Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym Sister Toldjah and is a media analyst and regular contributor to RedState and Legal Insurrection.