Monkeypox is a virus that spreads primarily through close, skin-to-skin contact. It usually causes rash, but some people can have more serious illness. Some people also feel unwell before the rash itself appears.
Cases are rising in New York City. Anyone can get monkeypox. Most people currently infected are gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men. These men have gotten monkeypox through close, skin-to-skin contact with infected people who have lesions.
Prevention and treatment are possible. One can avoid close, physical contact with someone who has the rash. There is also a vaccine that can prevent infection, even if given after exposure. Once someone already has monkeypox, an oral medication, called TPOXX, can help speed recovery.
Accessing care is important. Anyone experiencing monkeypox-like symptoms can contact their doctor via telehealth to discuss the symptoms, testing, and vaccination options available. MetroPlusHealth members can access free, unlimited telehealth visits here. The initial virtual exam can determine if an in-person visit is necessary. Testing is now available at many clinical sites around NYC.
Learn more about monkeypox!
- NYC vaccine portal: New Yorkers can access vaccine appointments online here. Appointments are also available by calling 877-VAX-4NYC or 877-829-4692.
- Text messaging service: New Yorkers can sign up for text messages – including alerts about cases, symptoms, spread, and resources for testing and vaccination – by texting “MONKEYPOX” to 81336 or “MONKEYPOXSP” for texts in Spanish. New Yorkers can also opt-in for location-based messages by providing a zip code.
- Informative websites: Anyone can check CDC, NYS, and NYC websites for more information.