Protecting yourself and others
Cases of Monkeypox (MPX) are on the rise across the globe. Monkeypox can affect anyone but queer communities are currently the most impacted. It’s important to familiarise ourselves with some information about this evolving disease that scientists are still figuring out, to encourage prevention, and avert misconceptions and stigma. Protecting yourself and other people starts with being well informed and sharing verified facts with your peers!
Please find below some basic facts about Monkeypox, along with a list of trustworthy sources, where you can find more information.
What is Monkeypox?
Monkeypox (MPX) is a contagious disease caused by a virus, which has been around in humans since the 1970s. Cases of Monkeypox are currently on the rise across the globe.
Who can get Monkeypox?
Anyone can get Monkeypox. Some groups are just more at risk of getting it than others. Right now most cases are within queer communities, primarily gay, bi and other men who have sex with men (MSM). But once again, anyone can get Monkeypox.
How does it spread?
Monkeypox spreads mainly through prolonged close physical contact which includes sex, cuddling, and making out (especially with few clothes). There are some cases where it is caught via touching a contaminated surface, but so far these appear to be rare.
What are the symptoms?
First, flu-like symptoms like fever, aches and pains and fatigue, and later a rash with painful lesions on the skin, especially around the genitals, hands and face.
How do I protect myself and others?
- Ask those you plan to have prolonged physical contact with how they are feeling and if they have noticed any lesions.
- Try to get vaccinated if that’s an option where you live
- If you feel unwell isolate and contact a healthcare provider.
- Until we know about how it spreads, folks should use condoms and other barriers. Sex toys should be disinfected.
How can I stay well informed?
Scientists are still figuring out this disease. Stay informed and verify facts before sharing them, as wrong information could hurt other people. The important thing is that no one should be shamed for getting a disease.
To learn more about Monkeypox, we recommend consulting the following trustworthy sources of information:
We will keep on updating this list with more sources. We’re all in this together.