MPV/Mpox vaccinations are currently available to people of any sexual orientation or gender identity who believe they may be at risk of catching the virus through sexual or intimate contact. Individuals who have already had MPV/Mpox are not currently eligible to receive a vaccination, as they have likely developed a natural immunity against the virus. Visit the NYC Health website for more information on the MPV/Mpox vaccine and where you can find a vaccination appointment.
Even after receiving your MPV/Mpox vaccination, you should still keep in mind the risks of close or intimate contact with others and take precautions when necessary. Be aware that you or someone else could be carrying the MPV/Mpox virus and not know it.
If you or your partner are experiencing MPV/Mpox symptoms, especially new rashes or sores, avoid close contact with one another, including sex. You should also avoid gatherings and limit your close contact with anyone else until you have received further guidance from a health care provider. If you are unable to avoid close contact with others or are visiting a provider for medical treatment, cover any sores and rashes with clothing or sealed bandages. This may help reduce the risk of transmission, but will not eliminate it entirely.
If you are recovering from MPV/Mpox, remember to wash your clothes, bedding, or anything else you were in contact with while you were sick, as they could still carry traces of the virus.
To stay up to date on the latest information and guidance, please visit the NYC Health website.