Is mpox an STI? The societal aspects and healthcare implications of a key question

Jaime Garcia Iglesias*, Maurice Nagington, Martyn Pickersgill, Michael Brady, Claire Dewsnap, Liz Highleyman, Francisco Javier Membrillo de Novales, Will Nutland, Steven Thrasher, Eric Umar, Ian Muchamore, Jamie Webb

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Abstract / Description of output

This letter explores the societal aspects and healthcare implications that underlie thinking about mpox (formerly known was monkeypox), in the 2022 outbreak, as a sexually transmitted infection (STI). The authors examine what underlies this question, exploring what is an STI, what is sex, and what is the role of stigma in sexual health promotion. The authors argue that, in this specific outbreak, mpox is an STI among men who have sex with men (MSM). The authors highlight the need of critically thinking about how to communicate effectively, the role of homophobia and other inequalities, and the importance of the social sciences.

Original languageEnglish
Article number252
Number of pages14
JournalWellcome Open Research
Early online date11 Oct 2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 11 Oct 2022

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Monkeypox
  • public health
  • sex
  • sexual health
  • social sciences
  • STI


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