Monkeypox is not a new virus, there are vaccines and readily available knowledge on prevention and treatment.
The recent rise in global cases has led to the declaration of monkeypox as a national health emergency. It is important to know that anyone can be infected with and spread monkeypox (MPX). As well, this virus can infect people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, races, and ethnicities. Current messaging about monkeypox being a “gay” illness creates stigma, perpetuates misconceptions, harms those who are most vulnerable, and prevents reaching all who are at risk. Stigma prevents people from seeking care, and can endanger people’s health and safety.
The information below serves as an accurate source of details related to the symptoms, prevention and treatment of monkeypox, and we remind our community of the emphasis we place on diversity and acceptance as we work to support and protect each other.