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The Unfiltered Faces of Monkeypox

By Jacob Bernstein

11 Aug 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

This article tells the experience of individuals who have had monkeypox. Most of us know the virus has been spreading, but do you know what the symptoms are or what it entails to have it?

When Matt Ford, 30, an actor in Los Angeles, tested positive for monkeypox in June, he posted videos on Twitter and TikTok to show what it was like.

Wearing a gray T-shirt and staring directly into the camera, he offered viewers close-ups of the “gross spots” all over his body, including his face, arms, belly. He also mentioned “some in my more sensitive areas, which also tend to be the most painful.”

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