Monkeypox

This page is your one-stop shop for up-to-date answers to your Monkeypox questions. Browse below for frequently asked questions, helpful links, and recent articles.

While monkeypox is affecting a disproportionate amount of gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) as according to CDC, it is important to note that monkeypox is not exclusive to MSM communities. We need to take steps to de-stigmatize and change the current narrative. The public health response to this outbreak of monkeypox should not be allowed to exacerbate homophobia, transphobia, racism and the scapegoating of gay and bisexual men, trans, nonbinary and BIPOC people

If you think you might have monkeypox or have been exposed to someone with monkeypox, contact a health care provider for recommendations.

Monkeypox in the News

8/11/2022

With Support on MPX Hard to Come by, Queer Communities Turn to One Another

Monkeypox is now a national public health emergency with around 9,500 cases in the U.S., mainly among men who have sex with men, as well as some small number of nonbinary and trans people. But since the start of the outbreak in the U.S. earlier this spring, messaging and outreach to at-risk groups has been inconsistent, and resources like vaccinations and treatment are still sparse.

8/9/2022

MSP Magazine: What to Know About Monkeypox in Minnesota

Here’s what you should know about protecting yourself and getting vaccinated in the state

8/5/2022

NY Times: Why MPX Vaccine Shortage May Threaten the Immunocompromised

People with H.I.V. and other immune-system problems may need the full two-dose regimen, researchers say. But the shots, particularly second doses, are hard to come by.

8/4/2022

HHS Declares Public Health Emergency

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra announced today that he will declare the ongoing spread of monkeypox virus in the United States a Public Health Emergency (PHE).

7/28/2022

ABC News: Minorities are bearing the brunt of monkeypox in the US

Hispanic and Black people account for 64% of cases, but 32% of all Americans

7/28/2022

NY Times: ‘It’s Scary’ – Gay Men Confront a Health Crisis with Echoes of the Past

Monkeypox has sparked frustration and anxiety among gay and bisexual men, who remember mistakes and discrimination during the early years of the AIDS crisis.

6/28/2022

HHS Announces Enhanced Strategy to Vaccinate & Protect At-Risk Individuals From the Current MPX Outbreak

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced an enhanced nationwide vaccination strategy to mitigate the spread of monkeypox.

6/27/2022

MN Reports first case of monkeypox