Gay porn star Silver Steele has revealed he has monkeypox, after sharing a video online showing heavy blisters on his lips.
The adult film actor, who has a degree in biology, said that at first he thought his condition was mild, until the lesions on his face became brutal and he developed some on his legs too.
His comments come just days after the World Health Organisation declared the outbreak of the disease, which disproportionately affects gay men, a global emergency.
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"I thought my monkeypox case was mild. I'm now two weeks along and the lesions on my face are brutal.
"Also, monkeypox weakens your immune system and in my case, I also have strep throat for the first time as a bonus extra," Steele, who lives in Houston, Texas wrote on Twitter.
The adult star added: "The pain I've been experiencing keeps my eyes full of tears and my keeps my light dimmed. I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy."
He then encouraged people to get the vaccine.
Steele started in the adult industry in 2018 while working in the energy sector full time.
The WHO has stated that “the efficacy of smallpox vaccination in preventing monkeypox is around 85 percent”.
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The outbreak is now an "extraordinary" situation that now qualifies as a global emergency after a surge in cases, the body said in a statement on July 23.
The disease is endemic to West Africa but as of May has spread far and wide, with cases now prevalent in North America, Europe and beyond.
Declaring a global emergency means the monkeypox outbreak is an "extraordinary event" that could spill over into more countries and requires a coordinated global response.
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