Monkeypox and Sexual Health
- Monkeypox is a rare infectious disease, but recently there are a number of cases in the UK.
- Monkeypox is a viral infection usually associated with travel to West Africa.
- It is a mild self-limiting illness, spread by very close contact with someone with monkeypox and most people recover within a few weeks.
The virus can spread if there is close contact between people and the risk to the UK population is low. However, recent cases are mainly reported in gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men and as the virus spreads through close contact, we are advising those in this community to be alert to any unusual rashes or lesions on any part of their body, especially their genitalia, and to contact a sexual health service if they have concerns.
- Unusual rashes or lesions on the body such as the face or genital area
- Muscle aches
- Chills and exhaustion
- Swollen lymph nodes
Access to help if you feel at risk
If you think you have monkeypox symptoms – however mild:
- Contact NHS 111 or call a sexual health clinic immediately (Wirral Sexual Health 0300 123 5474). Your call will be treated sensitively and confidentially.
Avoid close personal or sexual contact with others until you know that this is not monkeypox.
Please click here to read the vaccine eligibility criteria: Monkeypox: waiting for your vaccination - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
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