Monkeypox: Brooklyn Man Recovering From Virus Describes Symptoms, Experience; the doctor answers the questions

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Monkeypox continues to spread across the Bay Area and across the country, but what’s it like to catch the virus?

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ABC7 spoke to Will Hutcheson, a Brooklyn fitness trainer with a confirmed case of monkeypox, and UCSF infectious disease specialist Dr. Peter Chin-Hong about symptoms, experience with the virus and more .

When asked how he was feeling, Hutcheson says he has a more minor case, and he spoke to us when he was on day 9 since he first saw symptoms.

He says the lesions are very painful but luckily they are not on his hands or face. He says they started on his groin area and were first discovered when he was taking a shower.

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Hutcheson said that although he suspected it might be monkeypox from the start, he struggled to get diagnosed with the virus.

After discovering the lesions, he went to get tested for STIs and he also asked them to be tested for monkeypox.

He waited two days for his results and they were negative, but he said he noticed he hadn’t been tested for orthopox – which is the standard test for monkeypox. He then went to an emergency room in lower Manhattan and requested a screening, which health officials performed in a biohazard room.

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Six days after the onset of symptoms, her test results were confirmed positive.

Watch the video in the player above to learn more about Hutcheson’s experience and for a Q&A with Dr. Chin-Hong.

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