Monkeypox

Monkeypox Vaccines at HGLHC

The Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective is offering monkeypox vaccines (JYNNEOS) at our clinic. Vaccines are by appointment only. No walk-ins are accepted. Please call us at 860-278-4163 to schedule.

Getting Vaccinated

This following is current as August 1, 2022:

Vaccination against Monkeypox is by appointment only. Please do not show up unannounced. You must call to make an appointment at 860-278-4163. Please ask for, or select the medical department.

If you currently have symptoms, vaccination is NOT recommended: the vaccine is only effective BEFORE you develop symptoms.

As of today, you must meet ALL of the following criteria to receive the monkeypox vaccine:

  • You a are Connecticut Resident 18 years of age or older; AND
  • You have had multiple (2 or more) sexual partners in the last 14 days, in a jurisdiction (Country or State) where monkeypox is spreading.

Please note that vaccines are in short supply and will be prioritized for those referred to us by their local Health Department or the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH).

For more detailed information on the JYNNEOS vaccine from the CT Department of Health, please click here.

Updated 8/11/2022

Monkeypox Symptoms

Symptoms of monkeypox can include a rash that looks like pimples or blisters, fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills, and exhaustion. For more information on monkeypox symptoms, please click here for the CDC’s latest info.

Updated 8/11/22

Monkeypox Transmission

Do not touch any rash, and wash your hands frequently. If you have a rash, avoid touching it and call your healthcare provider. A person who has monkeypox symptoms can be contagious for 2-4 weeks as they recover.

Monkeypox is spread by prolonged close personal contact. Oftentimes, it’s spread through sexual contact, but not always. It can also be spread by sharing sheets, towels, or clothing with an infected person, or from other close face-to-face interactions like cuddling or hugging. A person who has Monkeypox is contagious from the start of their symptoms until their rash is fully healed and their symptoms are gone.

Please note that simply going to a public space, like the store or gas station, is not considered high-risk for monkeypox transmission.

Updated 8/11/22

Monkeypox Testing

To test for monkeypox, a healthcare provider will get a sample from a lesion (the rash) caused by the illness. You cannot be tested for monkeypox if you do not have the rash. This sample will then be sent to the Connecticut State Public Health Laboratory or a commercial lab like Quest.

If you think you may have a monkeypox rash, call your healthcare provider for information on getting tested.

Updated 8/11/22

Safer Sex and Monkeypox

Monkeypox is spread by close personal contact, like having sex. That’s not the only way it’s spread – all prolonged close personal contact, or touching clothing, sheets, or surfaces that a sick person has touched can transmit monkeypox. Sex is one of the most common ways it infects people.

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.

If you or a partner have monkeypox, avoid close contact – even kissing. Do not touch any rash. Wash your hands frequently. 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.

Read more about safer sex and monkeypox from the CDC here.

Updated 8/11/22

Do NOT take Monkeypox lightly.

Monkeypox is spreading quickly 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 mostly by skin-to-skin contact, so condoms aren’t very effective in preventing sexual transmission. Any kind of close personal contact (including kissing, cuddling, “puppy piles,” sharing drinks, and sex) 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!

Updated 8/11/22

What it’s Like to Have Monkeypox

One man in Connecticut diagnosed with Monkeypox shares what his experience has been like. Learn about what he has gone through in this article from NBC Connecticut.

Updated 7/22/22

What We’re Doing

In addition to providing testing, vaccination and education, we are advocating for an improved response to this health emergency.

On August 17, our Executive Director, Linda Estabrook testified before the Public Health Committee at the State legislature regarding the Monkeypox emergency.

We have also been making other media appearances to advocate for a stronger response from government.

CT Public Radio – 8/16/2022

Updated 8/18/22

Monkeypox is an evolving situation. Please check back frequently as we update with the latest information.

Sources: CDC, Georgia DPH