Who is at risk for monkeypox?

Anyone in close contact with a person with monkeypox is at risk and should take steps to protect themselves. People who do not have monkeypox symptoms cannot spread the virus to others.

Current cases are primarily spreading through sex and other intimate contact among social networks of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM); transgender people; gender-nonconforming people; and nonbinary people. People in these social circles who have multiple or anonymous sex partners are also at a high risk of exposure.

Monkeypox is not considered a sexually transmitted disease, but it is often transmitted through close, sustained physical contact, which can include sexual contact. Anyone, regardless of their sexual orientation can get and spread monkeypox.

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1. What is monkeypox?
2. Is monkeypox deadly?
3. Who is at risk for monkeypox?
4. What are the symptoms of monkeypox?
5. How is monkeypox spread?
6. Should I get vaccinated?
7. Where can I get vaccinated?
8. What are the treatments for monkey pox?
9. What if I have an adverse reaction to the vaccine?
10. Where can I get tested?