Monkeypox expert explains how to stay safe from virus at Pride, from vaccines to condoms

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Monkeypox might be spreading rapidly among gay and bisexual men, but that shouldn’t stop the LGBTQ+ community from coming together and celebrating at Pride.

For so many LGBTQ+ people, Pride is a vital opportunity to come together in the spirit of celebration and protest. For others, it’s a chance to forge new connections with others in their community.

Naturally, the worrying spread of monkeypox among men who have sex with men has led to some feeling nervous about attending Pride festivals – but the message from experts is clear: Pride is a safe space, and there are measures you can take to better protect yourself.

Mateo Prochazka is an infectious disease epidemiologist with the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA). He’s also a gay man, which means he’s intensely aware of how important Pride is.

Queer people often meet new sexual partners at Pride events, which is something to be celebrated, but in the face of monkeypox, there are some things people should be aware of.

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