How to Protect Yourself from Monkeypox

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Monkeypox is the next significant outbreak since the global pandemic. Similar to COVID-19, you can experience fever and flu symptoms. Like chickenpox, monkeypox appears all over the body. New York City was the epicenter of the outbreak of over 3,000 cases. Thanks to the vaccine, monkeypox cases are winding down. However, there are simple ways to prevent monkeypox symptoms.

Avoid Skin-to-Skin Contact with Someone with a Rash

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Stay careful of people already infected. MPV can spread through close contact. Do not touch the rash or scabs of a person who may have monkeypox or engage in sexual activity with a person who has it. Do not share any objects with an infected person. Be careful of handling the bedding, towels, or clothing of a person with monkeypox. 

Wash your hands carefully

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Just like the COVID vaccine, monkeypox is an infectious disease. Remember always to wash your hands before doing any activity. Keeping clean will always be beneficial to your health. Disinfecting surfaces helps get rid of germs and bacteria. Wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Remember to wash your hands for 20 seconds.

Get Vaccinated

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One of the simplest things to do is to get vaccinated. There are monkeypox vaccines available to use. The JYNNEOS vaccine is approved for the prevention of smallpox and monkeypox. Two doses are taken 28 days apart. You are considered vaccinated 14 days after you take your second dose. The ACAM2000 vaccine is an alternative to JYNNEOS. It’s a single dose given by multiple pricks to the skin. Getting vaccinated in a healthy way makes sure that you protect your family from the disease. Choose which vaccine will work best for you based on your health.

Practice Safe Sex

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While MPV is a disease targeted at the LGBTQ community, the virus is not limited by gender and sexuality. The monkeypox rashes can be located on or near genitals and other areas. It’s important to practice safe sex with any partner. If you’re going to be sexually active, get checked out for any venereal diseases and wear the proper contraceptives.

Final Thoughts

Monkeypox is not a deadly disease. Consult with your doctor for a proper diagnosis. With proper treatment, it can carefully disappear. While it’s currently ongoing, it’s important to remember the precautions. Follow the news for any information that resurfaces about MPV. It can be spread between people or between people and certain animals. MPV usually lasts within 3 weeks of exposure to the virus.

Sources:

NYC Health

Human Rights Campaign

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – JYNNEOS

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – ACAM2000 Vaccine

ABC News