What is Mpox?

The Basics

Mpox (formerly known as Monkeypox) is a contagious rash illness caused by the Monkeypox virus. Mpox can cause a range of signs and symptoms. Some people have mild symptoms, while others can develop serious symptoms and need care in a healthcare facility. Those at higher risk for severe disease or complications include people who are pregnant, children and people with weakened immune systems. In the 2022 outbreak, cases are occurring in many countries or areas where this infection is not usually found, including in the U.S. and Virginia. Most, but not all, cases have been among gay, bisexual, or other men who have sex with men (MSM). This group, particularly MSM with multiple sex partners, is currently at greatest risk.


Who is at risk?

Anyone can get Mpox. The current outbreak disproportionately affects queer men/MSMs.


  • Mpox rash that can resemble pimples or blisters (click here to view examples)
  • Flu-like symptoms of fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, or swollen lymph nodes

Individuals may experience all or only a few symptoms. Symptoms start within 3 weeks of exposure. The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks.

How does it spread?

  • Direct contact with the infectious rash, scabs, or fluids
  • Contact with surfaces that have touched Mpox
  • Exposure to respiratory droplets
  • Pregnant people can spread Mpox through their placenta to the fetus
Info from: www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/mpox

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get vaccinated?

Fill out the risk assessment below and a member of our team will reach out if you’re a good candidate for the vaccine. From there, we’ll connect you with your local health department and they’ll administer the vaccine.

Alternatively, you may call the Virginia Beach Department of Public Health at (757) 518-3717. Call and leave a message with your name and phone number.


Who should get vaccinated?

CDC highly recommends vaccination for people who have been exposed to mpox and people who may be more likely to get mpox, including:

  • People who have been identified by public health officials as a contact of someone with mpox
  • People who know one of their sexual partners in the past 2 weeks has been diagnosed with mpox
  • People who had multiple sexual partners in the past 2 weeks in an area with known mpox


Does mpox only impact gay men?

NO. Mpox can affect anyone. The current outbreak disproportionately affects queer men, but mpox impacts everyone.


What should I do if you are sick? 

Follow the CDC recommendations for those who may have symptoms of mpox.

Have more questions? Visit the CDC website for a full FAQ.

Mpox Risk Assessment

Take this one-minute assessment to see if you’re at higher risk for Mpox (formerly known as Monkeypox). If you select an answer indicating you may be at higher risk, you’ll see additional boxes asking for your contact information.

If contact information boxes appear, please fill them out and an LGBT Life Center team member will reach out.

The mpox vaccine is administered over two doses at least 4 weeks apart. For full protection, please get both doses.