Monkeypox Facts

  • Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by the monkeypox virus
  • Monkeypox can make you sick including a rash or sores (pox), often with an earlier flu-like illness
  • Monkeypox can spread to anyone through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact including:
    • Direct contact with monkeypox rash, sores or scabs
    • Contact with objects, fabrics (clothing, bedding, or towels), and surfaces that have been used by someone with monkeypox
    • Through respiratory droplets or oral fluids from a person with monkeypox
  • This contact can happen during intimate sexual contact including:
    • Oral, anal, and vaginal sex or touching the genitals or anus of a person with monkeypox
    • Hugging, massage, or kissing and talking closely
    • Touching fabrics and objects during sex that were used by a person with monkeypox, such as bedding, towels and sex toys
  • We know the virus can be spread in fluid or pus from monkeypox sores, and are trying to better understand if the virus could be present in semen, vaginal fluids or other body fluids

Symptoms

  • Early flu-like symptoms of monkeypox can include:
    • Fever
    • Headache
    • Muscle aches and backache
    • Swollen lymph nodes
    • Chills
    • Exhaustion
  • A rash or sores, sometimes located on or near the genitals or anus, but sometimes in other areas like the hands, feet, chest or face – sores will go through several stages before healing
  • Sores may be inside the body, including the mouth, vagina, or anus
  • Some people experience a rash or sores first, followed by other symptoms and some only experience a rash or sores
  • Monkeypox can be spread from the time symptoms start until all sores have healed and a fresh layer of skin has formed – this can take several weeks

If you or your partner have Monkeypox

  • Follow the treatment and prevention recommendations of your healthcare provider
  • Avoid sex or being intimate with anyone until all your sores have healed and you have a fresh layer of skin formed

  • Vaccines
    If you suspect you have been exposed to someone with monkeypox, please contact your healthcare provider for guidance.  Vaccines may prevent or reduce symptoms of Monkeypox infections in some exposed individuals. 

 

Monkeypox and Safer Sex
Actions you can take to help protect yourself and others.





For more information visit www.cdc.gov/monkeypox



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