Mpox, formerly known as Monkeypox
This page is your one-stop shop for up-to-date answers to your mpox questions. Browse below for frequently asked questions, helpful links, and recent articles.
While mpox 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 mpox 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 mpox 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 mpox or have been exposed to someone with mpox, contact a health care provider for recommendations.
Last Updated: September 12, 2023.
Mpox in the News
World Health Organization to rename monkeypox as mpox
The World Health Organization said Monday that it would begin referring to monkeypox as mpox in an effort to reduce stigma around the virus. Both names will be used simultaneously for a year while moneypox is phased out. The new name was chosen after the WHO launched a public consultation process earlier this year.
Letter to Governor & MDH Commissioner: MPX in MN
Rainbow Health and partner organizations serving the LGBTQ+ community reach out to express our deep concerns regarding the need for continued action and engagement around the spread of the monkeypox virus in Minnesota.
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.
MSP Magazine: What to Know About Monkeypox in Minnesota
Here’s what you should know about protecting yourself and getting vaccinated in the state
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.
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).
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
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.
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.