11/27/2022 – New Cases down, Mpox,What’s next?

By | December 5, 2022

Vaccination Locator:

Looking for the JYNNEOS vaccination go to our Mplspox.com/vaccinate-locator.

World Health Organization Changes the Monkeypox Name:

Monkeypox is will now be referred to as: MPOX. Click here for vaccination locations.


Newly Reported Cases are Down:

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, we had 29 days without a confirmed case of Mpox. Between 10/18/2022 and 11/17/2022 there was just 1 newly confirmed case of Mpox in the state. There hasn’t been a new case reported since November 17, 2022.

Thank you for taking care of yourself and your community by getting vaccinated for Mpox when you were asked. Your efforts have gone a long way to get this virus under control. Huge thanks to Red Door, M Fairview Health’s MINI, Aliveness Project and Clinic 555 for vaccinating the masses.

What’s Next

As mentioned new cases of MPOX are done around the country—in the Twin Cities as well. Vaccination and health education efforts about Mpox have contributed to this rapid drop in newly confirmed cases. Thank you to those eligible and who got in line for the JYNNEOS (MPox) Vaccination. Thank you for taking care of yourself and your community. Our work is not done.

Vaccination Hestitation
The most common reason given by those who are eligible for the MPox vaccination and have yet to get their jab in the arm is “I am in a monogamous relationship”. It is true that those in a monogamous relationship are at significantly less risk of coming into contact with MPox, however, it is important to remember that this is not a sexually transmitted infection, but an infection that can be transmitted sexually and through casual contact, or exposure to garments of someone with the MPox virus. Non-sexual cases of MPox have been reported across the country.

According to the CDC, Mpox is here to stay so we must educate ourselves and others about the signs and symptoms of the infection. We must encourage those who are eligible for MPox to get vaccinated to continue to protect ourselves and those around us.

Our vaccination partner M Fairview Health has the following eligibility criteria:

1. Exposure to a person with confirmed or probable orthopoxvirus infection in the
past 14 days.

2. Engages in sex work, or exchanges sex for food, money, substances, shelter,

3. A person identifies as gay, bisexual, or other men (including transgender) who
has sex with men or transgender partners (including trans man, trans woman,
nonbinary, gender-nonconforming person).

4. Received STD treatment in the previous 6 months

5. Has been contacted by a health department and instructed to get a vaccine.

Meet the eligibility now or expect to in the future? You are eligible for a Mpox vaccination. Also, if you meet any of the criteria you are not required to say which criteria you meet, just indicate that one of the criteria applies now, or will apply in the near future.

Yes, you are reading that correctly any member of the LGBTQ community is eligible for the JYNNEOS population. The number 1 reason given why those who are eligible for this vaccine and have yet to be vaccinated: “I am in a monogamous relationship”. I would add “I am a member of the LGBTQ community and the sexual contact I have does not include a penis”. In response, let’s remember that this is a causal contact infection that is also transmitted sexually. The Queer community has been disproportionally impacted. If we’re going to see cases via casual contact, even if unlikely, it going to happen to our LGBTQ and those who are non-binary. Why? Because that’s where we’re seeing the majority of cases with this outbreak in Europe and the US. Also, remember that cases in Africa are not generally thought to be sexually transmitted.

For locations for JYNNEOS/MPOX vaccination please consult our vaccination location page.

If you have questions, please contact us at: info@mplspox.com or call/txt: 612-424-2231.

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