Threading the Needle on Monkeypox Communication

This is going to be HIV in the 1980s all over again, isn’t it?

If there is “a tradition like no other” in public health, it must be the fumbling of communications on an emergency situation. If there is “a tradition like no other” in American public discourse, it must be the tradition of blaming ‘the other’ for the problems of the nation. When HIV arrived in the United States in the late 1970s and 1980s, the entire country blamed gay men for the epidemic. Why? Because of fumbled communications.

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Rene F. Najera, MPH, DrPH

Rene F. Najera, MPH, DrPH

DrPH in Epidemiology. Associate/JHBSPH. Adjunct/GMU. Epidemiologist at a county health dept. Editor, History of Vaccines. Father. Husband. (He/Him/His/El)