Latest monkeypox information from the Terrence Higgins Trust:
- There have been a number of confirmed cases of monkeypox in the UK. Although monkeypox can affect anyone, the majority of those cases are among gay and bisexual men.
- Monkeypox is transmitted through close contact, so is likely being passed on during sex rather than sexual transmission.
- Everyone is being asked to be aware of the monkeypox symptoms, but it’s important gay and bisexual men are alert as it's believed to be transmitting through sexual networks.
- Current modelling shows monkeypox cases are doubling every 15 days.
Locally, Homerton Hospital is running a monkeypox vaccine helpline
Phone: 020 8510 7983 or 020 8510 7438
The helpline is open Mon, Tue, Thur & Fri 9am-4pm and Wed from 12pm-4pm. So far most cases have been in men who have sex with men. Your eligibility for the vaccination will be assessed by a clinician.
Please do not make an appointment or walk in to Homerton's clinics with symptoms of monkeypox - call them first so they can assess before you attend.
Weekend walk in clinic at Guy's Hospital
Guy's Hospital, London Bridge, are holding walk-in clinic for monkeypox vaccination Saturday 30 July, Sunday 31 July, Saturday 6 August, Sunday 7th August
What is Monkeypox?
Monkeypox is a rare infection most commonly found in west or central Africa. There has recently been an increase in cases in the UK, but the risk of catching it is low. Source: NHS
The infection can spread through close physical contact, like kissing, skin-to-skin, sex or sharing things like bedding and towels.
The Department of Health and Social Care states:
Anyone with unusual rashes or lesions on any part of their body should contact NHS 111 or call a sexual health service. With recent cases mainly reported in gay & bisexual men, those in this community should be particularly alert.
The latest updates:
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