If you think you may have been exposed, or if you have symptoms of monkeypox, avoid others (including pets) and contact your health care provider right away for evaluation and testing. If you don't have insurance or a health care provider, call the Health Department at 734-544-6700.
Everyone should take steps to prevent monkeypox:
Additional ways to lower your risk for monkeypox include:
- Not going to places like bathhouses or other public sex venues.
- Avoiding raves, parties, or clubs where people wear minimal clothing and where there is direct, intimate, skin-to-skin contact. For those who attend these events or venues, minimize skin-to-skin contact when possible.
- Events where attendees are fully clothed and unlikely to share skin-to-skin contact are safer. However, be mindful that activities like kissing can spread monkeypox.
We also recommend regularly getting screened for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Many of the current MPV cases in Michigan also have STIs. Syphilis and herpes are much more common than monkeypox - they appear similar and should be treated too. STI testing is available at the Health Department and from other local providers.
See more about safer social gatherings and safer sex here.