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'I've got monkeypox': Fashion blogger reveals symptoms after testing positive

Maxim Sapozhnikov, an Italian fashion content producer, spoke to Sky News about monkeypox. He shared information with his 160,000 Instagram followers about testing positive for the disease.

According to Mr Sapozhnikov, it doesn’t really matter from where monkeypox is contracted. However, it does matter that people need help. He also spoke out about feeling confused and scared.

“I am really tired and don’t feel well. I also have a slight fever. Maxim Sapozhnikov stated that he passed his COVID test and is now COVID-free.

One day after posting the video, Mr Sapozhnikov began to notice lesions all over his body.


He holds his phone’s camera in his hand, and points it towards the boil on his finger.

Italian fashion content producer added: “I noticed that – I don’t know if it’s visible – but it’s strange that this appears in this area of the body, as well as here: I also have something.”

Maxim spoke to his doctor and was encouraged to visit the Milan hospital for further tests.

Image Monkeypox, a viral disease that is most common in central and western Africa

Fashiontomax’s CEO and creative director records his medical journey to share with his followers on social media. It shows Mr Saphozhnikov at an isolated hospital bay. The PPE-clad health worker can be seen taking swabs from his lesions.

On the 19th of June, Mr Saphoznikov felt first unwell. He developed a fever two days later, twenty four hours after he first felt unwell. He noticed two lesions similar to pox on his fingers and his chest on 21 June. He went to his local hospital’s emergency department that evening for further tests. The results were given to him on 23 June, just four days after his first feeling unwell.

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He shared the confirmation on social media.

He said, “I have bad news.”

“I have Monkeypox. It’s all over the place, over there, and in other places. I honestly can’t believe that this is happening to me, and I’m among the 3,000 who have it.

According to Mr Saphoznikov, he felt scared and confused when he received confirmation of his test results. He believes the public health messages about the monkeypox epidemic have been inadequate. He began to research the disease online.

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Dr Ryan stated that there were ‘thousands of cases of monkeypox every single year in Africa’ and that there are ‘every year’ deaths.

“I was overwhelmed by the images of people with lesions that I found on the internet. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I felt alone. I didn’t know what to do.

Maxim wasn’t sure at first if he should tell the world about his experience with the virus. He was afraid of stigma. Maxim was warned by his friends not to do it, fearing that he would be famous as the monkeypox victim and ruining his career.

He overcame his fears and posted his story to social media to inform others who may be concerned about getting the disease.

Sky News interviewed him: “There shouldn’t be embarrassment. There shouldn’t be stigma. It doesn’t matter how the person got this disease.

“It doesn’t matter if someone is sick or they need help. If the person is going it alone and doesn’t know where to go for help, then he’ll be even worse.”

According to the World Health Organization, it is concerned about the increase in cases across Europe.

This is increasing the pressure on British sexual health clinics. Because monkeypox can be sexually transmitted, these centres are often the first to receive cases.

The Association of Directors Of Public Health warns that this pressure will cause people to suffer unnecessary pain and make it more difficult for them to treat their STIs.

Jim McManus is the President of ADPH. He stated: “My fear is that some sexual health clinics will not be able to offer patients appointments in time. That will result in spreading of infection, and not just monkeypox, but also HIV and other infections.

“And simultaneously, we will have people needlessly suffering from infections that might become more resistant to treatment.”

Maxim Sapozhnikov was told to self-isolate his lesions until they are gone. However, this time can vary depending on the immune system’s response. It usually takes around two weeks.

The World Health Organisation did not declare this Monkeypox epidemic an international public health emergency. However, if the number of cases continues to increase, that might have to change.


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