The Biden Administration has declared MPX (monkeypox) a national health emergency. PFLAG National supports this action, as MPX is a public health threat that affects LGBTQ+ people and therefore all of us. We must all act responsibly to help keep our families, friends, and loved ones safe. 

Below are facts and information about MPX in writing and links. You can also watch "MPX (monkeypox): What You Need to Know" on Something to Talk About LIVE!

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Cartoons showing monkeypox symptoms of fever, headache, muscle aches, chills, rash

Basic facts about MPX (monkeypox):

  • MPX can be acquired by all people, regardless of your gender identity or sexual orientation

  • MPX is spread through direct close contact with an infectious rash, scabs, or body fluids including respiratory droplets from another person – or even being scratched or bitten by an infected animal.

  • Direct, close contact can be any body-to-body or body-to-droplet contact, including:

    • Being in a crowded public space such as a concert, bar or club;

    • Sports practice or games;

    • Dancing;

    • Playing games with infected friends at school; 

    • All forms of intimate contact, such as kissing, cuddling, or sex. 

  • It’s possible to transmit monkeypox on surfaces (like if you share a towel with someone with a rash or try on clothes at a boutique), but it’s less likely. 

  • There isn’t much risk of getting monkeypox from sharing things like toilet seats, pools and gym equipment, but you should use caution and avoid contact with objects and materials that a person with a rash or MPX has used.

MPX symptoms include

    • Fever, headache, muscle aches, exhaustion, chills, and swollen lymph nodes. 

    • Usually within 1-3 days an individual with monkeypox develops a rash and then lesions, which progress through a number of phases before bursting as pustules, scabbing, and falling off.

    • The illness usually lasts 2-4 weeks. 

Here is how to help prevent the spread:

    • Reducing the number of people you have skin-to-skin contact with will reduce your chance of exposure. 

    • Protect yourself by avoiding close, skin-to-skin contact like kissing or dancing with people who have a rash.

    • If you are feeling sick, stay home.

    • Wear long sleeves and pants to cover your skin and prevent exposure to monkeypox.

    • Wash your hands thoroughly and often. 

    • If eligible, get vaccinated!