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First monkeypox patient to go public is a gay HR manager from London who was deported from Dubai just weeks ago for testing positive for HIV

Gay Men in England Diagnosed with MonkeyPox

Pictured: First monkeypox patient to go public is a gay HR manager from London

  • EXCLUSIVE: James M has spoken out after claiming he's still not been contacted despite testing fortnight ago
  • HR manager, 35, suffered 'really weird aches' in his lower back, exhaustion, extreme thirst and bladder pain 
  • Thinks he caught virus from one of 10 sexual partners in the weeks before his symptoms started
  • UK Health Security Agency officials claim they have tried and failed to get in touch with James 
James M, 35, has become the first British monkeypox patient to go public

James M, 35, has become the first British monkeypox patient to go public

The first British monkeypox patient to go public is an HR manager from London who caught the virus after being deported from Dubai for testing positive for HIV, MailOnline can reveal. 

James M, 35, has spoken out after claiming that health chiefs still haven't contacted him despite being diagnosed with monkeypox nearly a fortnight ago.

He slammed the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) for 'a real lack of any basic process or care to stop the spread' of the tropical virus, which has so far infected more than 300 Britons, mostly gay and bisexual men.

James — who wished to keep his surname anonymous — admitted he is not following self-isolation rules because 'I was told to stay home until UKHSA contacted me... and they never did.' 

He accused the UK of having a lackadaisical approach to contact tracing, saying it was 'no wonder' Britain had more cases than any other country outside of Africa. There is also a lack of awareness about monkeypox's lesser-known symptoms, he claimed. 

James was readjusting to life in west London when he began suffering from 'really weird aches' in his lower back, exhaustion, extreme thirst and pain when he used the toilet.

He became convinced he had a sexually transmitted infection (STI) after sleeping with around 10 new partners in the weeks before his symptoms started. 

'I’m a gay man, and having just come back to the UK, I was having a good time,' he told MailOnline.

But medics wrongly assumed it wasn't monkeypox because he didn't have the virus' tell-tale rash.

James had just returned from Dubai, where being gay is illegal, after four years following a 'shock' HIV diagnosis in February. It saw him lose his job and home.

After contacting his local STI clinic in west London, James was sent for tests at a specialist centre in Soho on May 25 and was told to avoid public transport or close contact with others.

'When I got to the clinic I was told to go and wait outside the main door and call them, they said they were going to put on PPE and they told me not to touch door handles,' he said.

'The whole experience kind of heightens your sense of, "oh this must be really serious". I remember going to Covid centres and it wasn't as daunting or overwhelming as this.'

At the time, several dozen people had already been diagnosed with the mystery monkeypox virus and it was clear the virus was spreading in London among gay and bisexual men.

The UKHSA claims it has tried on multiple attempts to get in touch with James.

He admitted he is not following self-isolation rules because 'I was told to stay home until UKHSA contacted me... and they never did'
James was readjusting to life in west London when he began suffering from 'really weird aches' in his lower back, exhaustion, extreme thirst and pain when he used the toilet

He admitted he is not following self-isolation rules because 'I was told to stay home until UKHSA contacted me... and they never did'

But James claims he was assured by medics that his symptoms could not be the rare disease because he did not have its hallmark lesions, scabs or spots.  

On May 28, three days later, a PCR test confirmed that he was in fact infected with monkeypox. 

A letter sent by Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust, seen by MailOnline, instructed him to 'stay in isolation at home until further review from the team' at UKHSA.

James has still not been contacted, despite eight days passing since the letter was issued. He claims he has phoned his local STI clinic every day since the diagnosis.

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Four more people in England have allegedly been diagnosed with monkeypox.

Per the BBC, symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills, exhaustion and a rash that develops on the face and spreads to other parts of the body. 

Here’s more from the report:

The new cases – three in London and one in north-east England – do not have any known links with two other cases confirmed on 14 May or another case announced on 7 May. The UKHSA says investigations are under way to establish links between the latest four cases, who all appear to have been infected in London.

Monkeypox is reportedly linked to travel to West Africa. It’s worth noting that, per the report, the four new cases are all men who self-identify as gay or bisexual. The are also nearly a dozen reported outbreaks in Spain, all among gay men.

The risk to the public remains very low, according to the UK Health Security Agency. 

Monkeypox “usually takes between five and 21 days for the first symptoms to appear,” per the report. 

According to the BBC report, monkeypox does not spread easily among people but it can be transmitted through:

  • touching clothing, bedding or towels used by someone with the monkeypox rash
  • touching monkeypox skin blisters or scabs
  • the coughs or sneezes of a person with the monkeypox rash

UKHSA chief medical adviser Dr. Susan Hopkins said: “This is rare and unusual. UKHSA is rapidly investigating the source of these infections because the evidence suggests that there may be transmission of the monkeypox virus in the community, spread by close contact. We are particularly urging men who are gay and bisexual to be aware of any unusual rashes or lesions and to contact a sexual health service without delay,” she explained. 

“We are contacting any potential close contacts of the cases to provide health information and advice.”

Read more about the virus here.

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Comment by mr1stroke on June 8, 2022 at 7:21pm

Yasmin just hate her self she is going through some stuff right now, help her out 

Comment by Kiwieez on June 8, 2022 at 3:22pm

Yasmine....all your family members are the descendants of monkeys...so funny you would call us monkeys...when your people are the actual monkeys you speak about....bahhahahaha...lmfao!!!

Comment by ruby on June 8, 2022 at 1:47pm

Research shows European nations are suffering with monkeypox not the African nations. So I wonder why they're making Africans the face of monkeypox.

Comment by victoria stevenson on June 8, 2022 at 10:19am
Soon he just running around giving out HIV..That they said HIV came from Africa from man having relations with a monkey..Now the monkey pox came from Africa 2...This is man made crap going on here..
Comment by Tyrone on June 7, 2022 at 6:37pm

@Yasmin, why do you even come on this platform?  It appears you don't particularly care for black people, so why then do you even would you even participate on a site that is mostly blacks?  It would be easy to just curse you out and belittle you but that wouldn't even make any sense.  But I caution you to be mindful of the words you use.  You think that you're going to hide behind mouse and a keyboard, which just shows how much of a coward you are.  But one day, you're going to offend someone, and you won't be able to hide behind your mouse and keyboard, because someone is going to trace that ip address and they're going to deal with you.  Funny thing is you're one of the people that would proclaim how much you love Jesus Christ.  But, did you know Christ was a black man, and according to descriptions coming from the bible, he was so dark skinned, it looked like he was in an oven, with woolly hari.  Guess what, only black people have woolly hair, there's no way you can get a Charleston Heston or any of your white blonde hair idols looking like that.  I wish you would stop commenting on this board. You've been making sly and stupid remarks here for a long time, I've never said anything, but it's a little bit annoying and you should stop.  Why don't you go read a KKK board and be happy.  I'm quite sure that if you don't have anything that would support us, then please SHUT THE F**K UP!!!!!!!!!!  Thank you!!!!

Comment by Natalie on June 7, 2022 at 4:47pm

@Yasmin you really have the audacity to state that Africans are monkeys. I am not even going to verbally attack you because I pity you. If you are a Black, or Latina woman it is obvious that you were not raised in a household that taught you to be proud of your not only you culture but your origins. 

Comment by Tyrone on June 7, 2022 at 4:19pm

I guess it's time for another pandemic!!!!! 

Comment by Willie Ward on June 7, 2022 at 3:47pm
Soooo, those are monkey pox on the dark skin....lol
Comment by John Smith on May 24, 2022 at 3:04am
Comment by mr1stroke on May 21, 2022 at 7:25pm

Wow lol and what are you, an Ape?

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