mpox (Monkeypox): What You Need to Know

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The CDC has raised the alert level on a mpox (monkeypox) outbreak in the United States and HHS announced that it will be ramping up testing and a vaccine distribution for those most at-risk, which includes some members of the LGBTQ+ community and people living with HIV.

mpox is a disease that can make you sick, including a rash, which may look like pimples or blisters, often with an earlier flu-like illness. While the current outbreak in the U.S. has high rates of known cases among gay and bisexual men and transgender and non-binary people, this virus is not limited by gender or sexuality and can spread to anyone, anywhere through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact.

Health officials and advocates are urging people to seek treatment and available prevention options, including vaccines when available.

What You Need to Know

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