Monkeypox: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

John Oliver discusses the recent monkeypox outbreak in the U.S., how we’ve fumbled our response to it, and some aspirations for this coming autumn.

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  1. I feel like they were trying to make this sound like the next COVID-19 pandemic. And while 99% of the cases were in gay men, those who were in same-sex monogamous relationships didn't catch it. And the odds of catching it via respiratory droplets are miniscule. The majority of the viral load is found in skin cells and the anus.
    This isn't a "gay STD." This is an STD you catch from having direct, skin-to-skin contact with the lesions or broken skin around the anus of other infected individuals. Avoid doing those things, and you have a 99.999999999999999999999999999999999999% chance of not catching it.

  2. So it spreads through prolonged skin to skin contact and in our society such prolonged contact is very, very often sexual. Correlation, not causation. I am curious why it is so prevelant in the Queer community. I think there is more casual and 'risky' sex in our community, but it would be nice to see some data. Hard to separate the facts from the phobia.
    I'm sure the data will come eventually.

  3. Liberals told us to loose our livehood and sanity to fight the covid but refuse to tell the gay community to be even marginally careful since the pox Is hurting mostly them…wtf ?!!

  4. 19:39 inserting the line “that really shouldn’t be that hard” in the midst of a warning not to get sexual at inappropriate times… Are you so underconfident about joke quality that you’re working that hard to maintain plausible deniability, John?

    So sad when the great ones begin their inevitable droop…

  5. The argument that "you can be irresponsible with your sex life and it is responsibility of government to handle" made repeatedly in the case of gay people is surprising. have you seen the stats of gay people ? They have on average more than 100 sex partners. Why are you even surprised they get all the disease in the world. They must take responsibility for their action.

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