When we think of safer sex, condoms are what comes to mind. However, the safer sex practices we are familiar with are NOT enough to protect against monkeypox.
Monkeypox is spreading throughout Connecticut and it’s up to YOU to be part of the solution.
First: if you have an unexplained rash, talk to your healthcare provider right away and do NOT have sex. If you have flu-like symptoms, like fever, aches, and swollen lymph nodes, call your healthcare provider.
Monkeypox is spread by skin-to-skin contact, so condoms aren’t very effective in preventing transmission. Any kind of close personal contact (including kissing, cuddling, and “puppy piles”) can spread monkeypox. Sharing bedsheets or clothing that has been in contact with an infected person can also spread the virus.
When a person has monkeypox, they are sick for 2-4 weeks. That is 2-4 weeks of YOUR life spent sick instead of out enjoying your summer! The monkeypox rash can be painful, and no one likes having a fever, aches, and other flu-like symptoms. Plus, the rash can lead to permanent scarring.
Do NOT take Monkeypox lightly. Protect yourself and others! You don’t want to miss out on up to a month of your life being sick.
You can be part of the solution! For regular monkeypox updates, visit our website at hglhc.org.
Be well, Be yourself.