OutCenter Southwest Michigan has been working closely with Berrien County Health Department and is now on regular calls with MDHHS facilitated by Governor Whitmer’s office to respond to the human monkeypox public health crisis that is presently placing the health and safety of our community in jeopardy. We will continue our efforts to educate the public, and advocate for more vaccines. As we know from the HIV/AIDS crisis, when the LGBTQ+ community is faced with a public health threat, there are actors that will use the crisis to attack our community. We must take swift action. Since human monkeypox (hMPXV*) emerged last spring as a threat to MSM, gay and bisexual men, and transgender people, OutCenter will continue to update our community on this page. Our goal: combat stigma and lessen the spread through compassionate care and steadfast advocacy. *OutCenter has begun using hMPXV, which is an abbreviation for human monkeypox. This abbreviation is more medically accurate and helps to reduce stigma.
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