Mpox (monkeypox) is a rare but potentially serious disease caused by the monkeypox virus, which is related to the smallpox virus. While generally less severe and contagious than smallpox, monkeypox can be unpleasant and sometimes serious. The disease is spread primarily through close, prolonged, skin-to-skin physical contact with people who have mpox symptoms. This may include sex, cuddling, massage, and kissing. It can also be spread through contact with towels, clothing, or other objects that have been in contact with mpox lesions, however this is not the main way it spreads.
If you have an unexplained rash, sores, or other symptoms, see your primary care provider - if you don't have a provider please call us at 503-434-7483. Keep the rash covered and avoid sex or being intimate with anyone until you have been checked out.
The monkeypox vaccine JYNNEOS is available for certain individuals. In order to avoid stigma and to reach a broader population of people who could benefit from vaccination, gender identities and sexual behaviors are no longer part of the eligibility criteria.