What is Monkeypox? 

While not an STI, Monkeypox is a virus which is spread through close physical contact. 

How is Monkeypox transmitted? 

  • Close physical contact including sex acts, kissing, cuddling or holding hands 
  • Touching clothing, bedding, towels or surfaces previously used by someone with Monkeypox 
  • Very close respiratory contact 

 

What are the symptoms of Monkeypox? 

  • A high temperature
  • A headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Backache
  • Swollen glands
  • Shivering/chills
  • Exhaustion 
  • A rash
    • usually appears 1-5 days after the first symptoms 
    • usually starts on the face, genitals or anus, but can appear anywhere on the body
    • begins as raised spots, gradually turns to small blisters which eventually scab and fall off. 

 

What to do if you believe you may have Monkeypox

  • Contact your local sexual health clinic call NHS 111. Make sure to call before going to any healthcare settings.
  • Find a sexual health clinic: https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/sexual-health/find-a-sexual-health-clinic
  • Symptoms can last for 2-4 weeks, therefore, if confirmed to have Monkeypox it is advised to isolate, however, more specific advice may be given by health professionals. 

 

Vaccination

  • Locally within Greenwich, Trafalgar Clinic (Queen Elizabeth Hospital) is accepting self-referrals by email for the vaccine: the contact email is lg.trafalgarpatientqeh@nhs.net
  • There is a high demand for these vaccines and people will be prioritised based on the eligibility criteria.
  • Over the coming weeks Guy's Hospital, London Bridge will have opportunities to avail of the vaccine, currently this is by appointment only. More information can be found here: Monkeypox update | Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust (guysandstthomas.nhs.uk)
  • Eligibility criteria includes being at a higher risk of catching Monkeypox or or those with a weakened immune system. 
  • Please do not attend any appointments if you are currently experiencing symptoms of Monkeypox.

 

More information: 

We are aiming to keep this page updated as the situation and information evolves. However, here are some useful links that will also be helpful for you to keep an eye on: