Uncovering the knowledge gaps: A survey on human monkeypox infection among men who have sex with men in Nepal

Authors

  • Kiran Paudel Nepal Health Frontiers, Tokha-5, Kathmandu, Nepal https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5590-4133
  • Kamal Gautam University of Connecticut, Department of Allied Health Sciences, Storrs, CT 06269, USA
  • Md Safaet Hossain Sujan University of Connecticut, Department of Allied Health Sciences, Storrs, CT 06269, USA
  • Jeffrey A Wickersham Yale School of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Infectious Diseases, 135 College St.,Suite 323, New Haven, CT 06510, USA
  • Prashu Ram Chaudhari Blue Diamond Society, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Roman Shrestha University of Connecticut, Department of Allied Health Sciences, Storrs, CT 06269, USA

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/hprospect.v22i1.53504

Keywords:

Monkeypox, MPX, Men who have sex with men, MSM, Nepal

Abstract

The monkeypox virus (MPX) poses a major threat to the health of people, especially among men who have sex with men (MSM). However, the knowledge regarding MPX among MSM in Nepal is poorly understood. Therefore, the present study aimed to assess the knowledge of human monkeypox among Nepalese MSM. A cross-sectional face-to-face survey was conducted among purposively selected 250 participants (mean age 27.6 ± 8.9 years) in Nepal between October and December2022. The questionnaire comprised of informed consent along with questions covering age, education, and MPX. The findings demonstrated that the majority of MSM in Nepal had poor knowledge of MPX. Around 87% of participants had no idea whether MPX is contagious or not. However, the results call for immediate action to improve knowledge of MSM through health education programs and appropriate interventions to halt the spread of MPX transmission.

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Published

2023-11-02

How to Cite

Paudel, K., Gautam, K., Sujan, M. S. H. ., Wickersham, J. A., Chaudhari, P. R., & Shrestha, R. (2023). Uncovering the knowledge gaps: A survey on human monkeypox infection among men who have sex with men in Nepal . Health Prospect, 22(1), 1–6. https://doi.org/10.3126/hprospect.v22i1.53504

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