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Mpox (monkeypox)

Mpox (monkeypox) is a rare disease caused by the monkeypox virus. Since mid-May 2022, cases of mpox 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 mpox, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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

Viruela del mono

La Clínica Red Door está ofreciendo exámenes de la viruela del mono, así como también vacunas para personas que están en alto riesgo de infección. Llame a la clínica al 612-543-5555 para más información. Contamos con enfermeras que hablan español.

Información sobre la viruela del mono (PDF)

Mpox can cause a rash that looks like bumps, sores, or blisters that may be on the genitals, anus, or other parts of the body like the hands, feet, chest, face or mouth. Most people infected with mpox 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

Vaccine availability is improving, and more people are now eligible. Please call the clinic at 612-543-5555 for more information about getting the mpox vaccine.

Following MDH guidelines, we are prioritizing the following people for mpox vaccination, regardless of the number of sexual partners:

  • People who have been exposed to mpox
  • People living with HIV
  • Men who have sex with men
  • Transgender people
  • And others who are at high risk

The mpox vaccine can be given in the forearm, shoulder, or upper back near the shoulder blade.

If you develop a rash (bumps, sores, or blisters) or are worried that you might have mpox 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 mpox if a rash is present. Testing involves a swab of the rash. If positive for mpox, 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 mpox or are waiting for results, please follow CDC isolation and prevention practices.

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

Scientists are still learning whether mpox can spread through semen and vaginal fluids.

Out of caution, Red Door recommends that people consider safe sex practices to reduce fluid exchange (condom use, withdrawal, non-penetrative sexual activities) for eight to 12 weeks after mpox skin lesions have completely healed over.

CDC suggestions for safer sex and social gatherings.

Mpox 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