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What is Monkeypox?

Monkeypox is a viral infection that anyone can get. It spreads though close physical contact. This includes direct contact with monkeypox sores, respiratory droplets/oral fluids from someone who is infected, and through objects or fabrics that have been used by someone with monkeypox.

Most Common Symptoms:

Rashes, bumps, or blisters that appear on or around your genitals, hands, feet, chest, and face.

Flulike Symptoms including:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Chills
  • Fatigue

Why College Students are at risk:

  • Close physical contact
  • Shared clothes and fabrics
  • Sexual activity

What To Do:

Are you feeling sick? Do you have a rash that is new? Are you generally just nervous? Here's what you should do...

  • Contact your health provider
  • Talk to your sexual partners.
  • Avoid skin-to-skin contact

Monkeypox Truth or Myth

Below are some statements about monkeypox. Try and figure out if they are true or not.

This is true. According to the CDC isolation should be continued until all lesions have resolved, the scabs have fallen off, and a fresh layer of intact skin has formed.

This is true! While skin-to-skin contact is one way to get monkeypox, it can also be spread through respiratory droplets during prolonged face to face contact, and contact with items such as clothing, towels or linens that were previously in contact with the rash or body fluids.

This is true! In order to keep our community safe, it is important that you make an appointment with your doctor if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: a rash, fever, headache, muscle aches/backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills, or exhaustion.

Sign up for the NYS Monkeypox text alert!

New Yorkers can sign-up for monkeypox text alerts from New York State by texting “MONKEYPOX” to 81336 or “MONKEYPOXESP” for texts in Spanish. By providing a zip code, New Yorkers can also opt-in for location-based messages, which may include information on vaccines and care in your area.