Anyone *can* get #Monkeypox, but current data show that gay, bisexual and men who have sex with men with multiple sexual partners are at higher risk of having contact with someone with monkeypox.
Keep an eye out for any of the symptoms & let’s keep each other safe.
❗ Check yourself for #Monkeypox symptoms, like unusual rashes or spots
📞 Might have symptoms? Stay home & call 111 or sexual health clinic
📲 If you hook up with someone new, get their details
Update - 20th September 2022
We are now able to offer the Monkeypox vaccine to eligible people out of our temporary Monkeypox clinic at Oakley Road Vaccination Centre in Southampton. We are offering appointments on Sundays and Mondays and are currently contacting eligible patients to arrange booking their appointment. Please note that this is an appointment only clinic.
The UKHSA, the organisation in England responsible for public health and infectious diseases, has been monitoring the number of cases and the spread of monkeypox since it was first detected in the UK. Anyone can get monkeypox and although a increasing number of people have been diagnosed with it recently, the risk remains low.
In England, most cases have been seen in gay and bisexual men who have sex with men (MSM). While monkeypox is not restricted to this group, it is more common, so it’s particularly important to be aware of symptoms and risks if you are a man who has sex with other men.
Though not an STI, monkeypox can spread from person to person through touching clothing, bedding or towels used by someone with the monkeypox rash, touching monkeypox skin blisters or scabs, or through the coughs or sneezes of a person with the monkeypox rash, including during sex.
Common signs of monkeypox infection include fever, headache, muscle aches, exhaustion, swollen lymph nodes, and development of a new rash, isolated spots, ulcers or blisters on the skin.
You’re extremely unlikely to have monkeypox if you have not been in close contact with someone who has monkeypox or has monkeypox symptoms and if you have not recently travelled to west or central Africa.
Transmission rates continue to rise so UKHSA have advised that a pre-exposure vaccination programme targeting individuals who are most at risk of exposure should start as soon as possible.
This means the NHS will now start to offer proactive, pre-exposure vaccination to men who have sex with men at greatest risk of exposure. We will also vaccinate those who have been in close contact with people with a confirmed case of monkeypox and frontline healthcare staff at risk.
The NHS will need to prioritise vaccination to make best use of limited current supply so may not be able to offer a vaccination to everyone who wants one as a preventative measure. A second dose may be offered around two to three months later to provide longer lasting protection if infection rates continue to rise.
Local NHS services will soon start contacting people who are a priority for vaccination and will continue to work with other services to make sure those who may be eligible know how to get one.
If you have any genital symptoms of Monkey pox or have come into close sexual contact with someone who has monkeypox you should limit contact with others and contact your local sexual health clinic for advice and to arrange testing.
If you have non genital symptoms you should contact your GP or NHS111 for advice