If I Am Experiencing Symptoms What Should I Do?
- Begin taking precautions as soon as you suspect you may have Monkeypox. Avoid having sex, cuddling, and generally avoid having people come into contact with your sores.
- Cover your lesions with bandaids or clothing. If you are in pain or need to tips for managing symptoms visit our home care page.
- Find testing as soon as possible at your nearest public health clinic, primary care provider, or sexual health clinic. Call ahead and tell them you may be having symptoms of Monkeypox and would like testing. If you would like assistance with making that call please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text us at: 612-424-2231.
- Document your symptoms by taking photos, noting when you first showed symptoms, and keeping track of what symptoms you are experiencing.
- If you have flu-like symptoms or sores on visible places like your hands and arms, you can ask for a note from your provider for work or school indicating that you are being evaluated for a viral illness. Note that an Mpox infection can take as long as 3 weeks to completely heal. If you need assistance with notifying your workplace let us know.
What If I Was Exposed To Mpox?
If you are experiencing symptoms of Mpox after being exposed, get tested as soon as possible and isolate. People who have come into contact with Mpox should monitor symptoms for up to 21 days after exposure.
If you do not have symptoms you can continue daily activities and do not have to isolate. Being vaccinated is a way to prevent Mpox by up to 85%. See our vaccination calculator to find on what date you will receive maximum immunity. If you are exposed to Mpox and receive the vaccine within 4 days, there is a lower chance of transmission. If you are vaccinated 4-14 days after exposure, it may not prevent transmission but it can reduce symptoms of mpox. It is still possible to get Mpox after your first and your second dose so continue to take precautions even if vaccinated.