WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MONKEYPOX
It’s spreading in Philadelphia so learn about symptoms, protecting yourself, vaccines and more.
HOW DO I GET MONKEYPOX?
Monkeypox doesn’t spread through casual conversations, or by walking past someone. It is also unlikely you’d get it from touching a surface (like a doorknob or bus seat). However, you can get it through:
- Skin-to-skin contact with an infected person who has sores or scabs
- Kissing or lengthy face-to-face contact
- Sharing towels, bedding, sex toys, or unwashed clothing
While condoms don’t fully protect against monkeypox, they can help reduce the risk of skin-to-skin contact with bumps in the genital area.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE MONKEYPOX?
You may start showing monkeypox symptoms 1 to 2 weeks after being exposed to the virus. Before you start to have symptoms, it’s unlikely that you will pass monkeypox on to others.
Symptoms can include fever, swollen lymph nodes, intense headache, muscle aches, and rash. Rashes can develop on your face, hands, feet, genitals, or elsewhere on your body.
Though some people have a mild rash, sometimes the rash can be very painful. You can easily spread monkeypox while you have the rash.
WHAT DO I DO IF I MIGHT HAVE MONKEYPOX?
Having monkeypox may be scary and the disease can be painful but contracting monkeypox is not your fault.
Everyone in the U.S. who has gotten the disease has recovered, many recovering with just rest and medication like Tylenol. But if you have more severe symptoms, there are medications available. Here’s how you can prevent spreading it to others:
Stay at home until you can talk to your doctor and get tested. If you don’t have insurance or your insurance doesn’t cover the cost of testing, you can visit Health Center 1, Health Center 5, or Mazzoni Center to get tested at low or no cost. If you have severe symptoms, go to an urgent care facility.
Inform your recent sexual partners that they may have been exposed to monkeypox so they can help prevent spreading it to others.
Avoid skin-to-skin contact and kissing and avoid sharing bedding, towels, clothing, or sex toys with others.
If you have to go out, cover rashes or sores with clothing, gloves, or sealed bandages and wear a mask over your nose and mouth.
HOW WILL I KNOW WHEN I’M NO LONGER CONTAGIOUS?
The rashes will crust and scab over after about 2 weeks. Once all scabs have fallen off, you can no longer spread monkeypox.
WHAT CAN I DO TO PREVENT GETTING MONKEYPOX?
While waiting for vaccine, there are some things you can do to avoid getting monkeypox:
Ask your friends, family, and sex partners about symptoms before intimate contact (hugging, kissing, cuddling, sex, play, etc).
Consider safe alternatives to skin-to-skin contact with people if you are unable to discuss symptoms with them or if your partner has symptoms that could be monkeypox.
Keep skin covered especially in crowded events where you are bumping up against others. Move to less crowded areas.
Make sure to have a conversation about symptoms before continuing to share bedsheets, towels, or clothing with others.
Condoms can reduce the risk of monkeypox but not eliminate it entirely since the monkeypox rash can be on any part of the body. Condoms are a great way to prevent other STIs, and also HIV.
HOW CAN I GET A
Call the Health Department at 215-685-5488 to see if you can get a monkeypox vaccine.
Vaccine supply is limited, but the Health Department is working to expand the availability to people who are at high risk of being exposed.
You can also reach out to your doctor or primary care provider to see if they can give you the vaccine.
Vaccine supply is very limited. Certain medical providers may be able to provide services based on your eligibility and the availability of vaccines. We recommend you call in advance to make sure you can receive the vaccine.
Bebashi is currently offering the monkeypox vaccine to people who are at high risk of exposure.
1235 Spring Garden St,
Philadelphia, PA 19123
VACCINES ARE OFFERED
Thursdays, 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Bebashi is welcoming walk-ins for MPX vaccine
Stay informed about monkeypox testing and vaccine availability by returning to this page in the future to check for updates.
You can also visit the Health Department’s monkeypox page for updated information.