Marjorie Taylor Greene Says Monkeypox Spread by 'Gay Sex Orgies'

A video of Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene saying monkeypox is spread through "gay sex orgies" has gone viral on social media.

The clip, posted on commentator Ron Filipkowski's Twitter page, has so far been viewed more than 90,000 times.

In the brief clip from Greene's podcast show, Greene promotes her new monkeypox T-shirt before speaking about how the disease, which is currently more notably impacting the gay community, spreads.

"Monkeypox is all the rage, it is the hottest thing going in Washington, D.C. right now," Greene said.

"You are not supposed to talk about how it really gets spread around but we are going to just go ahead and let you know.

"Yes, it is gay sex orgies, sorry everybody, that is the truth, it just had to be said. Make sure you get your monkeypox T-shirt but don't catch monkeypox, stay away from that stuff."

So far the outbreak continues to be concentrated among men who have sex with men. As a result, many people have labeled it as an STD.

However, anyone can catch monkeypox, particularly if they have direct skin-to-skin contact with an infected person.

A fact sheet from the World Health Organization (WHO) has stated key facts we currently know about the disease.

"Monkeypox is transmitted to humans through close contact with an infected person or animal, or with material contaminated with the virus," the fact sheet read.

"Monkeypox virus is transmitted from one person to another by close contact with lesions, body fluids, respiratory droplets and contaminated materials such as bedding."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said, as of July 28, there have been a total of 21,148 confirmed cases of monkeypox.

Of these cases, 20,804 of them are in countries that have not historically reported monkeypox, with 344 cases in those that have.

Greene has also showed concern that there have been reports from the CDC that two children have caught the disease.

However, some experts have told Newsweek that the disease is not likely to cause a mass problem among children.

Professor Eyal Leshem, infectious disease specialist and director at the Center for Travel Medicine and Tropical Diseases at Sheba Medical Center, previously told Newsweek that in past monkeypox outbreaks, data pointed "to a greater severity" in children, specifically younger children.

However, it is not likely to spread rapidly among children in this current outbreak.

"When we look at the epidemiology of the current outbreak, we see that it is not highly transmissible. In other words, most cases were infected through close skin to skin contact with an active patient, not through respiratory secretions or droplets or airborne infections," Leshem said. "Therefore, we do not think that rapid spread in educational settings, for example, is a highly portable scenario."

Newsweek has contacted Marjorie Taylor Greene for comment.

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Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) speaks the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit held at the Tampa Convention Center on July 23, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. Marjorie Taylor Greene has claimed that Monkeypox is spread through gay sex orgies. Joe Raedle/Getty