Massachusetts Medical Society: Transmission and Prevention

Transmission and Prevention

Monkeypox is transmitted to humans through close contact with the lesions, body fluids, or respiratory droplets from an infected person or animal. It can also be transmitted by materials (clothing, bedding, or towels) contaminated with the virus. Anyone can get infected. While this current outbreak appears to have largely affected gay and bisexual men, monkeypox isn't a sexually transmitted disease and sex is only one way that the virus can spread. It is important to raise awareness without stigmatizing one group or community. Learn more about reducing stigma in monkeypox communication.

Monkeypox is spread through close, personal contact. Anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has monkeypox is at risk. The CDC has prevention tips. Learn more about lowering the risk of getting monkeypox during sex or at a social gathering.

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