Monkeypox and Safer Sex

Monkeypox is in Connecticut. Anyone can get monkeypox, but a large number of cases right now are among men who have sex with men. What do you need to know to stay safe and healthy?

If you have symptoms:

  • Notice an unexplained rash on your body? Contact a healthcare provider and do NOT have sex!
  • Your healthcare provider will advise you on where to get tested and how to properly isolate.
  • If a recent partner tells you they have a rash or have tested positive for monkeypox, contact a healthcare provider.
  • If you are feeling sick with a fever, sore throat, aching, swollen lymph nodes, chills, or exhaustion, you could have monkeypox. Contact a healthcare provider.

Prevent Transmission:

  • Monkeypox is spread by close personal contact, like having sex.
  • It can also be spread by contact with clothing, sheets, or surfaces that a sick person has touched.
  • If you or a partner have monkeypox. avoid close contact – even kissing. Do not touch any rash. Wash your hands frequently.

Condoms are not enough to protect against monkeypox!

Use common sense and keep yourself safe, and we can slow the spread of monkeypox. It’s up to you!

Be well, be yourself.

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