Sex tourism during the Canadian Grand Prix: fears of seeing monkeypox spread

Experts are urging people who plan to have sex tourism during the Montreal Grand Prix weekend to be cautious, as cases of monkeypox continue to rise in Quebec.

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“Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either. this virus “, explains Dr.r Michael Libman.

This professor of the Department of Medicine at McGill University, who specializes in infectious diseases, says the dangers are mostly with people who will be in Montreal for sex tourism during the weekend of car racing.

These travelers especially go out with the goal of having sex, paid or unpaid, with several partners. In particular, they take advantage of a city’s festivities to meet their needs.

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“We catch someone infected who has a lot of anonymous contacts, such as a sex worker, for example, there can be a high risk that the outbreak will spread. Especially because then it would be difficult to identify cases of contact, especially with international tourists,” says Dr Libman.

The specialist specifies, however, that sex workers are not necessarily the most at risk at the moment.

Remember that most infected cases are found in Montreal and affect men who have had homosexual intercourse.

“But it’s just a coincidence that the monkey’s smallpox stays in this community for the time being. It could also infect heterosexual couples very well. It only takes one case for it to spread,” warns Professor McGill.

Don’t panic

Benoit Barbeau, a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) and a virology specialist, says we may see a slight increase in cases after this weekend.

“The more people are in contact with each other, the more chances the virus has of spreading. F1 is one of the events we will be doing this summer. We risk a small increase, but this will not be a nerve center for me.” , argues Mr. Barbeau.

The virologist adds that it will be difficult to determine later whether the contagions are related to the Grand Prix or other events such as the Francofolies, for example, in Montreal.

“Right now, people are aware of the disease. We have also started vaccinating at-risk communities. I think people need to be careful and control their symptoms,” insists Mr Barbeau.

Quebec has at least 98 confirmed cases of monkeypox so far.

The Montreal Public Health and the Ministry of Health and Social Services did not answer our questions on the subject.


Symptoms to consider

  • Skin lesions in the mouth
  • Genital lesions
  • Fever
  • Night sweats
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches

Incubation time of two to three days

  • The disease is usually mild in the vast majority of infected people.

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