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hMPXV/Monkeypox spreads through close, physical contact between people. Anyone can get hMPXV. However, certain populations are being affected more than others at present, including men who have sex with men (MSM). 


Groups that may be at increased risk for severe outcomes: 

  • People with weakened immune systems
  • Elderly folks
  • Children under the age of 8
  • Pregnant people


Ways that hMPXV can spread

  • Direct contact with hMPXV sores or rashes
  • Respiratory droplets or oral fluids from someone with hMPXV
  • Contact with object or fabrics that have been used by someone with hMPXV


Symptoms of hMPXV

  • Rash, bumps, or blisters on or around genitals, hands feet, chest, face
  • Flu-like symptoms, such as fever, headache, muscle aches, chills, and fatigue


How you can protect yourself

  • Ask your sexual partners whether they have a rash or other symptoms consistent with hMPXV
  • Avoid skin-to-skin contact with someone who has a rash or other hMPXV-related symptoms


Learn more information about hMPXV from the New York State Department of Health's website