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Year : 2023  |  Volume : 44  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 93-94

Sexual transmission in monkeypox: A discussion on the possibility

1 Private Academic Consultant, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Department of Biological Science, Joseph Ayobaalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji, Osun State, Nigeria; Department of Community Medicine, Dr. DY Patil Vidyapeeth, Pune, Maharashtra, India; Department of Medical Science, Faculty of Medicine, University of Nis, Nis, Serbia

Date of Submission25-May-2022
Date of Decision30-Sep-2022
Date of Acceptance13-Oct-2022
Date of Web Publication09-Dec-2022

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Dr. Rujittika Mungmunpuntipantip
Private Academic Consultant, 111 Bangkok,122 Bangkok, 103300
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DOI: 10.4103/ijstd.ijstd_54_22

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Mungmunpuntipantip R, Wiwanitkit V. Sexual transmission in monkeypox: A discussion on the possibility. Indian J Sex Transm Dis 2023;44:93-4

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In addition to the well-known pox infections, novel zoonotic pox diseases have emerged as a severe concern in infectious medicine.[1] Monkeypox has spread throughout Europe, creating a significant public health risk.[2] Monkeypox is a rare pox infection that has reappeared as a result of zoonosis.[1] Monkeypox is an uncommon kind of pox that has resurfaced as a result of zoonosis. Human-to-human transfer is being researched right now. As the number of reported cases in various nations climbs, the medical community is concerned, and careful preparation is essential. Aside from Africa, a number of nations are seeing an increase in the number of new cases in substantial clusters. The number of people living outside of Africa is growing.

We need to move rapidly to conduct a full investigation and implement the appropriate protections.[2] Mouth sores are a common clinical symptom, despite the fact that they could be present in any new infectious sickness state. In mainstream medicine, oral issues are a common aberrant finding during a physical examination. Outside of Africa, new monkeypox cases are rapidly developing in huge clusters in a number of countries, most notably the United States and Europe. However, many details concerning the new monkeypox threat remain unknown. The problem of sexual transmission of the disease must be addressed.[3]

The authors would like to discuss the genital tract lesion in monkeypox in this section. A single groyne and buttock were discovered in nearly one-tenth of cases of monkeypox.[4] Some members of this group may have had fevers, whereas others may have just had a rash.[4] Clinical signs of monkeypox include atypical presentation, afebrile appearance, and the absence of a visible skin lesion.[1] Direct contact with the skin lesion may be the major method of transmission because the perianal lesion is the only sign of monkeypox and is often missed. Sexual interaction with a patient who merely has a groyne skin lesion is likely, and sexual intercourse could be the source of transmission. This might be a possible explanation, which is the known classical fact for other classical viral disease such as molluscum contagiosum.[5]

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Mungmunpuntipantip V, Wiwanitkit V. Re-emerging monkeypox: An old disease to be monitored. BMJ Rapid Response Access. Available online at Available from: [Last accessed on 2022 May 21].  Back to cited text no. 2
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