A social media post detailing a man’s experience with monkey pox has gone viral. Silver Steele, a gay adult movie star, has documented the symptoms of the infection over a two-week period. In a photo collage shared by Mr Steele, the lesions on his face can be seen going from small and light to large and dark. The graphic images quickly went viral on social media, with the actor confirming that the rashes were as painful as they looked.
Mr Steele shared a collage of images saying: “Monkeypox: A timeline. I’m giving this to all of you so you can see a preview of what the virus looks like over time. My goal with this is not to not everyone shows symptoms in the exact same way, but I have been told by more than one professional that my case is a “clinically perfect” example and that it is used in CDC demonstrations and medical Magazines.”
Speaking of a photo where he clicked recovery, Mr Steele added: “In the second photo I’m smiling yesterday, free from the contagious period. Tomorrow I’m going to my doctor to get ‘everything clear’ and get a haircut so I can feel human again. Feel free to share this image. Spread the word, not the virus.”
Mr Steele went on to say that the painful rash was not limited to his face and had also spread to other parts of the body. According to an Insider report, Mr. Steele first noticed “pimple-like bumps” almost a week after attending the Fourth of July celebrations. It was at one of these parties, he suspects, he may have been exposed. Soon, Mr. Steele began to show other symptoms. “My lymph nodes were swollen. It hurt to swallow and I just struggled to get moving,” he said.
According to the New York Post, Mr. Steele tried to conduct contact tracing, but he’s not sure “when or from whom he contracted the virus.”
Mr Steele’s testimony comes days after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared monkeypox a global emergency.