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Monkeypox (MPX)

Monkeypox (MPX) is a rare disease caused by the monkeypox virus. Since mid-May 2022, cases of MPX have been identified in the U.S. For information on the current outbreak in Minnesota, including data on current confirmed cases please visit MDH website. Currently, the majority of cases in the US are among men who have sex with men but anyone can get MPX, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

This page outlines basic information on MPX and the supportive services Red Door is providing.

If you have MPX symptoms or have been exposed to MPX, please call the clinic at 612-543-5555, option 3 for more information. 

MPX can cause a rash that looks like bumps, sores, or blisters that appears on the face, inside the mouth, and on other parts of the body. Most people infected with MPX develop a rash. The rash typically takes 2 to 4 weeks to heal completely. Some people experience a rash with other symptoms, while others only have a rash.

Other symptoms can include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Headache
  • Body ache
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Fatigue

Red Door has received a limited number of MPX vaccines to give eligible patients. Under CDC guidelines, we are currently prioritizing vaccination for people at highest risk for MPX infection, which includes:

  • People who have been exposed to MPX
  • People who are HIV+ and sexually active
  • And others who are at high risk for exposure

Please call the clinic at 612-543-5555, option 3 for more information.

We anticipate that vaccine availability will improve and look forward to offering it to everyone who wants it when supply increases. We are committed to providing updated information about vaccine availability on this page.

If you develop a rash (bumps, sores, or blisters) or are worried that you might have Monkeypox (MPX) or believe you have been exposed to it, we encourage you to contact your primary health care provider. If you don’t have a primary health care provider, you are welcome to call the Red Door Clinic at 612-543-5555.

We can only test for MPX if a rash is present. Testing involves a swab of the rash. If positive for MPX, we will help you anonymously notify potential contacts.

Avoid touching the rash; touching the rash can spread it to other parts of the body and may delay healing.

If you have MPX or are waiting for results, please follow CDC isolation and prevention practices.

Monkeypox is not a sexually transmitted disease. MPX is mostly transmitted through skin-to-skin contact, which includes sex, but can also spread through hugging, kissing, cuddling, etc.

CDC suggestions for safer sex and social gatherings.

MPX symptoms can be very uncomfortable for some people. Some home treatments you can try to help manage symptoms include:

  • Salt baths (Epsom or Domeboro) to help sores heal faster
  • Oatmeal baths, calamine lotion, and Benadryl for itching
  • Advil or Tylenol, gargling saltwater, and topical steroids for pain management
  • Stool softeners and sitz baths for anal pain and constipation