Monkeypox Virus (MPV)

Anyone Can Get MPV

MPV spreads by close, skin-to-skin contact with someone who has MPV. This can include hugging, cuddling, massaging, kissing, and intimate or sexual contact.

MPV can also spread during prolonged, close, face-to-face contact from talking, coughing, sneezing, and breathing. This mainly happens when living or caring for someone who has MPV.

MPV also spreads by sharing materials used by a person with MPV such as clothing, bedding, towels, fetish gear, and sex toys. MPV is not spread through casual, brief conversations or walking by someone, like in a store.

How can you prevent getting MPV?
– Talk to your sexual partner(s) about recent illnesses and be aware of any new or unexplained sores or rashes on your body or your partner’s body
– Avoid close contact with people who have, are sick with, fever, sores, or rashes and with materials they may have used
– Wash your hands often with soap and water, or an alcohol-based sanitizer
– If you can’t avoid close contact with someone who has symptoms of MPV, do your best to use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), like a mask, gown, and gloves
– If you have been exposed to someone with MPV, or are at high risk of being exposed, get vaccinated

Who should get the MPV vaccine?
– People who have been exposed to MPV
– People with no known exposure to MPV but are at high risk for exposure
     – Those that are currently eligible are listed below

Will the vaccine keep me from getting MPV?
– It is not known how well the vaccine will prevent or protect you from MPV, so it is very important you take additional measures to protect against catching or spreading MPV

MPV Vaccine Eligibility

Current supply of the MPV vaccine is limited. While MPV can affect anyone, vaccination is limited to those that are at the highest risk for MPV infection. Guidance and eligibility are subject to change based on vaccine supply and changes in the risks of infection. Contact your local health department if you have recently been exposed to MPV or are at high risk for exposure. Vaccine recommendations can be found here.

– Any sex partner, household contact, or other very close contact to a person with MPV in the past 14 days
– Anyone that plans to, or has within the last 14 days, had multiple anonymous sex partners
– Anyone that plans to, or has within the last 14 days, had close contact with others at a high-risk event or high-risk venue*
– Anyone taking HIV PreP or living with HIV
– Anyone that trades sex for money or drugs
– Any man who has sex with men and has had a sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the last year
– Anyone who has a partner that engages in higher-risk sexual activities, like having multiple anonymous sex partners
– Anyone with a close/household contact that has been exposed to MPV or is at higher risk due to their activities
– Laboratory workers who perform testing for MPV (not collecting or packaging specimens)
– Anyone that lives or works in a crowded setting that could be at risk for a MPV outbreak, based on local levels of MPV.

* A high-risk event or venue might be one where there is minimal clothing and direct, personal, often skin-to-skin contact or where intimate, often anonymous sexual contact occurs with multiple partners.

If you believe you are eligible and would like to schedule an MPV vaccine, please call: 888-217-3904.

Additional Resources
MDHHS – MPV (Monkeypox)
CDC – Monkeypox
WHO