Mpox is a rare but potentially serious disease that is caused by the mpox virus. Anyone who has been in close, personal contact with someone with mpox is at risk, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Mpox symptoms often include a rash that can look like pimples or blisters. The rash can appear on the face, inside the mouth, and on other parts of the body, like the hands, feet, chest, genitals, or anus.
Other symptoms of mpox can include:
- Fever or chills.
- Swollen lymph nodes.
- Body aches (including muscle and back).
Getting vaccinated is highly effective at preventing mpox infection and reducing severity of symptoms. A two-dose vaccine protects against mpox infections, but both doses are required for the best protection. The second dose can be given at least 4 weeks after the first dose, set a reminder to get your next one.
Mpox vaccinations are offered at no out-of-pocket cost through Boynton Health's Drop-In Vaccination Clinic located at our East Bank location in room W-227. No appointments are necessary Monday and Wednesday between 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.
To make an appointment outside drop-in clinic hours, please call 612 - 625 - 3222 or visit your MyBoynton patient portal.
Testing is only recommended if you have a rash consistent with mpox. If you think you have mpox or have had close personal contact with someone who has mpox, consider taking precautions and call Boynton Health at 612 - 625 - 322 or your primary care provider to help you decide if you need to be tested.
Frequently Asked Questions
Questions & Answers on mpox are from an Information Session held on 11/3/2022 in partnership between the Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life and Boynton Health.
All answers are provided by Boynton Health.
How concerned should I be about mpox?
What should I do if my roommate tests positive for mpox?
- You would be eligible for the mpox vaccine and should ideally receive it within 4 days of exposure, and within 14 days of exposure. Follow prevention steps such as avoiding close contact and practice regular hand washing. You will be contacted by the Minnesota Department of Health for next steps.
What are the eligibility requirements for mpox vaccination?
What if I can’t get both doses?
- You will likely get some protection even after one dose. However, completing the two dose series spaced 28 days apart is recommended. You will have the highest level of protection 2 weeks after the second vaccine.
Do I have to disclose my sexuality to get vaccinated?
- No, you need to meet the eligibility criteria to be vaccinated, but you will not be asked specifically how you qualify, only that you meet eligibility criteria.
Are there any side effects to the vaccine?
- The most commonly reported side effects are pain, redness and swelling at the vaccine site. Less than half of people who receive the vaccine also reported headache, fatigue and muscle aches.
If I don’t engage in MSM (men who have sex with men) would you recommend getting the vaccine?
If you meet any of the eligibility criteria, it is recommended to get a mpox vaccine.