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Moneypox Virus Information

It is possible for anyone to get Monkeypox Virus (MPV), not just gay men. Some public health and news organizations have spread the impression that only men who have sex with men, transgender, and gender non-conforming people are susceptible. The outbreak in the US has predominantly affected these groups, however, anyone can get this virus.

MPV is not a sexually transmitted disease (STD). It spreads from one person to another mainly by direct contact with the rash or sores of someone with the virus. Sexual and intimate contact with someone with the virus increases the chance of getting MPV, but this is not the only way to get MPV.

Most importantly, people who get MPV are not bad, immoral, or dangerous. Like any other medical condition, it is not our fault if we get MPV. Getting sick is a normal part of being human. Sadly, there have been many missteps in the public health response to MPV, leading to many avoidable cases of

Symptoms may be similar to any other viral illness, starting out like a cold or the flu. Common symptoms include fever and chills, headache, sore muscles, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes. A MPV rash may start out like pimples or blisters in the mouth, face or other parts of the body like hands and feet and genital areas. Signs and Symptoms | Monkeypox | Poxvirus | CDC

Get vaccinated if you are eligible. Monkeypox - NYC Health

Take precautions to prevent the spread of MPV. Prevention | Monkeypox | Poxvirus | CDC

People who become infected with MPV should remain in isolation until the rash is no longer active from 2 to 4 weeks.

Treatment is available. Your doctor must complete the necessary forms to request TPOXX (Tecoviramat).

Stay informed and stop the stigma. Be kind to those with MPV.