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Long Beach LGBTQ center to host monkeypox town hall and vaccination clinic this week – Press Telegram

The Long Beach LGBTQ Center will hold a town hall on Wednesday, August 10 to discuss the impact of monkeypox in the Southern California region — and the city in particular.

Long Beach City Manager Tom Modica declared a local emergency early last week because the virus has spread throughout the city. The declaration — which will allow Long Beach to accelerate its emergency response planning — requires City Council ratification, which is expected at the meeting on Tuesday, August 9.

The announcement came less than 24 hours after the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors also ratified a state of emergency on August 2. The county’s public health department had confirmed 616 cases of monkeypox as of Monday, August 8.

Although the numbers in Long Beach are significantly lower — with confirmed cases totaling 29 on Monday — city and public health officials have expressed concern about the impact of the virus on the LGBTQ community.

The vast majority of reported cases in the county, state and nation have been in men who have sex with men, although anyone can become infected through prolonged skin-to-skin contact.

Monkeypox, from the same family as smallpox, is spread by prolonged skin-to-skin or face-to-face contact. This includes kissing, hugging, cuddling and feeding, the health department said. The virus can also spread through infected materials, including cups, bedding, clothing, towels, and utensils.

The LGBTQ Center Town Hall will provide updates on the status of monkeypox in Long Beach — and how the stigma of the disease is impacting the city’s gay community.

“Join us for an update and conversation about monkey pox and its unique impact on the city of Long Beach,” LGBTQ Center Representative Andy Perez said in an email Monday. “We will review the data we have for our area of ​​Southern California, talk about what we are going through in Long Beach, and speak candidly about how we can end the stigma that many have associated with this recent outbreak.”

The town hall is scheduled for Wednesday at 6 p.m. Several guest speakers, including City of Long Beach Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis and LGBTQ Center Health Services Director Ismael Salamanca, will discuss the disease and its various community-wide impacts. the city.

A virtual link to the event will be provided on the center’s website instagram and Facebook accounts in the coming days, Perez said.

“Attendees are encouraged to participate in listening to the conversation and submitting their questions during the event,” Perez wrote.

The LGBTQ center will also host a monkeypox vaccination clinic on Friday, August 12. Registration opened on Monday – although the supply, provided by the city’s health department, is limited to 100 doses.

“This is the number we assign to each new provider,” health department spokeswoman Jennifer Rice Epstein said in an email. “They (the LGBTQ center) will be eligible for more once they administer the first hundred.”

Perez said vaccination appointments made through the city’s health department do not equate to an appointment at the LGBTQ center this Friday. To schedule a vaccination appointment with the LGBTQ Center, residents should call 562-434-4455, ext. 500.

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