Understanding monkeypox–and social media misinformation: Interview with journalist Benjamin Ryan

Benjamin Ryan

This was such an interesting interview! Benjamin Ryan has been covering infectious disease and LGBTQ health for two decades. We talk about the positive changes we can see in public health today as a result of grassroots work during the HIV/AIDS crisis, as well as the need to do more education about the monkeypox crisis, health disinformation and its impact in the LGBTQ communities.

Listen to the podcast at the audio link below or on streaming services such as Spotify, Stitcher or iTunes.
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Bio

Benjamin Ryan is an independent science reporter who has been covering infectious disease and LGBTQ health for two decades. He has been covering the monkeypox outbreak for NBC News and has published opeds on the topic in the Washington Post. He also contributes to The New York Times, the Guardian and Thomson Reuters Foundation. You can check him out at @benryanwriter on Twitter or at benryan.net.

Links
Sex between men, not skin contact, is fueling monkeypox, new research suggests, by Benjamin Ryan (NBC, Aug 17, 2022)

Opinion: You are being misled about monkeypox by Benjamin Ryan (Washington Post, July 18, 2022)

Opinion: Gay men can fight monkeypox ourselves — by changing how we have sex by Benjamin Ryan (Washington Post, August 11, 2022)

Monkeypox misinformation spreading faster than the virus, experts say by Benjamin Ryan (NBC, August 15, 2022)