This needs to be said, and needs to be heard. June is pride month and LGBTQ(RSNWAP yada yada's) are celebrating their sexuality with open-air debauchery and revelry. Has anyone thought for one second that the increase in diseases affecting Gay people, like Monkeypox and the newly found Meningococcal disease has anything to do with the 'festivities'? As a new virus has killed 6 gay men in Florida, the Biden administration declared yesterday that it is expanding monkeypox testing to commercial laboratories amid fears that the nation is undercounting monkeypox cases because of insufficient testing. The Department of Health and Human Services announced that it started shipping monkeypox tests this week to five private testing companies: Aegis Science, Labcorp, Mayo Clinic Laboratories, Quest Diagnostics, and Sonic Healthcare. [tweet_embed] June 24, 2022[/tweet_embed] Many public health specialists have cautioned that the U.S. risks repeating the mistakes of the early weeks of the COVID-19 outbreak when there was not enough testing to detect how widely the virus was really spreading. “Now the United States, once again, appears to be responding to a new health threat with an underpowered testing response,” Jennifer Nuzzo of Brown University and Jay Varma of Cornell University wrote in a Washington Post op-ed this week. There is already a network of public health labs across the nation able to do monkeypox testing, though specialists explain that it will be easier for doctors to order tests from commercial laboratories where they have established relationships and can jump through fewer hoops, thereby encouraging more testing. [tweet_embed] June 24, 2022[/tweet_embed] “All Americans should be concerned about monkeypox cases. Thankfully we have right now the tools to fight and treat cases in America,” announced HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “By dramatically expanding the number of testing locations throughout the country, we are making it possible for anyone who needs to be tested to do so.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)reports roughly 150 monkeypox cases in the U.S. currently, though the actual number could be higher. Nonetheless, specialists explain there are significant differences that mean that monkeypox is not simply a repeat of the COVID-19 pandemic. For one, it spread less easily. The CDC explains it spreads through direct contact with rashes, through clothes or bed sheets that have been in contact with the rash, or through “prolonged, face-to-face contact.” [tweet_embed] June 24, 2022[/tweet_embed] “Monkeypox is rare and does not spread easily between people without close contact,” the CDC states. “The threat of monkeypox to the general U.S. population remains LOW.” Health officials are encouraging doctors to consider monkeypox testing if they see patients who have rashes that could be from monkeypox.