Vaccination is an important tool in preventing the spread of monkeypox. But given the current limited supply of vaccine, consider temporarily changing some behaviors that may
increase your risk of being exposed. These temporary changes will help slow the spread of monkeypox until vaccine supply is adequate. Reducing or avoiding behaviors that
increase risk of monkeypox exposure is also important when you are
between your first and second shots of vaccine. Your protection will be highest when you are two weeks after your second dose of vaccine.
Make a habit of exchanging contact information with any new partner to allow
for sexual health follow-up, if needed.
Talk with your partner about any monkeypox symptoms and be aware of any new or unexplained rash or lesion on either of your bodies, including the mouth, genitals (penis, testicles, vulva, or vagina), or anus (butthole). If you or your partner have or recently had monkeypox symptoms or have a new or unexplained rash anywhere on your body, do not have sex and see a healthcare provider. In some cases, symptoms may be mild, and
some people may not even know they have monkeypox.
If you or a partner has monkeypox or think you may have monkeypox, the best way to protect yourself and others is to avoid sex of any kind (oral, anal, vaginal) and kissing or touching each other’s bodies – while you are sick. Especially avoid touching any
rash. Do not share things like towels, fetish gear, sex toys, and
toothbrushes. Even if you feel well, here are some ways to reduce your chances
of being exposed to monkeypox if you are sexually active:
Visit cdc.gov for more information: https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/prevention/sexual-health.html