Monkeypox patient speaks out about what it's like to have the disease - ABC News

Monkeypox patient speaks out about what it's like to have the disease - ABC News

Monkeypox patient speaks out about what it's like to have the disease - ABC News
Aug 10, 2022 1 min, 16 secs

Being aware of the monkeypox outbreak spreading across the U.S., Todd said he did a Google search of what monkeypox rashes look like and "one of the images looked exactly like my blemish.".

The next day, Todd got his test results back and found out he was positive for monkeypox.

He is one of the more than 8,900 Americans who have tested positive for the disease across 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico as of Tuesday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The nurse assigned to his case believes he contracted monkeypox at an event during Pride weekend in Los Angeles in late June.

The disease can also spread from prolonged contact of objects or fabrics used by a monkeypox patient, but it is a lower risk form of transmission, according to the CDC.

After being tested for monkeypox the first time, he asked his physician if he could get on the antiviral medication.

After the county received his positive test from Cedars Sinai, Todd said he was approved for TPOXX two weeks after his symptoms first began.

"My doctor said that the lesion was killing the tissue inside of my face," he said.

Todd said his doctor told him that hole will eventually heal but he will be left with a scar.

Raising awareness about monkeypox.

Todd, who is officially ending his 28-day quarantine on Tuesday, said he wants to raise awareness of what it can be like to have a case of monkeypox

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