It’s that time of the year again, when the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issues some weird sex guidelines related to a viral disease.

Due to the spread of Monkeypox, the CDC has issued a list of safe activities for sexually active people to participate in.

The list recommends for sexually active patients with Monkeypox to avoid kissing, proposing they have sex with their clothes on or while “covering areas where rash or sores are present.”

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Patients are advised to wash “hands, fetish gear, sex toys and any fabrics” after having sex. The guideline also suggests sexual activities like for patients “masturbate together at a distance of at least 6 feet.”

According to the CDC, there are over 2,000 cases of Monkeypox in over 32 countries around the world — not a large number. Still, the CDC is being extra careful with its precautions.

There’s been a lot of discussion regarding Monkeypox and sexual transmission, particularly for gay men, who have reported catching the disease with more frequency. But Monkeypox is not an STD. The disease is transmitted through close contact with people, with skin-to-skin contact. The CDC states that the most common way of contracting it is by people interacting with each other’s sores and scabs or by wearing clothes that were worn by someone who was infected.

First and foremost, the CDC recommends avoiding sex if sporting sores or rashes and getting these diagnosed. If adults are going to adult, the organization then provides a list with a thorough breakdown of possible activities and ways of preventing the spread of the disease when having sex.

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The new CDC list is reminiscent of the guidelines that they issued at the start of the Covid pandemic, warning people to avoid kissing, encouraging masturbation, and proposing they wear face masks while having sex. Logically, these rules make sense, but they never stop being weird.

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