It all started with buttons.
On arms, legs, genitals.
Symptoms that immediately alert Sébastien, a 32-year-old Ile-de-France resident, already well informed about monkeypox, the first weekend in July.
“I immediately called 15 to find out what I had to do.
As I told them I was gay, they referred me for testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
I ticked all the boxes for monkeypox symptoms but they didn't listen to me,”
Fever, fatigue, aches, headaches and swollen glands in the groin: the following days, other signs of the disease appear.
After a useless call to a doctor, Sébastien went himself to the “infectious disease” emergency room of a hospital to find out for sure.
Unsurprisingly, the result comes down: monkeypox.
Then begins a long period of isolation of three weeks in the middle of a heat wave, difficult to live on a psychological level...
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