“When monkeypox was declared a global health emergency, DAP Health was quick to respond. “We’ve already gone down this path, said CJ Tobe, DAP Health director of community health and sexual wellness. “We already have partnerships and workflows. So, it was just like, oh, we just have to do what we did through COVID. I mean, that’s what monkeypox is resembling.”

As of mid-August, there were 2,356 confirmed cases of monkeypox in California; 94 of which are in Riverside County. 97.7 % of those infected are male. 94.5% identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual. “We are seeing a significant impact on men who have sex with men, people who are doing sex work, massage therapy, group sex, the party and play community, anybody that really has that physical touch that they have in their life,” said Tobe. “Those are the people most at risk right now for monkeypox…”

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