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Due to a limited supply of the vaccine, the CDC and Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) have determined that vaccinations are currently prioritized for men who have sex with men (MSM) with certain risk factors (see below and image at right); and for close contacts of someone who has tested positive. We have asked for additional doses and expect to receive more soon.  We are holding vaccination clinics for at-risk individuals who meet CDC criteria for the vaccine and are working with community partners to help with outreach to individuals who may qualify.

While monkeypox can pose a risk to everyone, the limited number vaccines at this time means prioritization must be made for those people at highest risk. This clinic is only for men who have sex with men (MSM), including those who identify as gay, bisexual, transgender, gender non-conforming or gender non-binary, with certain risk factors (see below). You do not have to be a Fayette County resident to receive the vaccine.

Monkeypox Information

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses as variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder, and monkeypox is rarely fatal. Monkeypox is not related to chickenpox.

Monkeypox was discovered in 1958 when two outbreaks of a pox-like disease occurred in colonies of monkeys kept for research. Despite being named “monkeypox,” the source of the disease remains unknown. However, African rodents and non-human primates (like monkeys) might harbor the virus and infect people.

The first human case of monkeypox was recorded in 1970. Prior to the 2022 outbreak, monkeypox had been reported in people in several central and western African countries. Previously, almost all monkeypox cases in people outside of Africa were linked to international travel to countries where the disease commonly occurs or through imported animals. These cases occurred on multiple continents.

Learn more from the CDC: Monkeypox Information.

Additional Information

  • How to get tested
    If you have symptoms of monkeypox, please contact your healthcare provider or visit an urgent treatment center to see if you should be tested and treated.  Please isolate at home until you can be seen. Wear a face mask to your appointment and make sure any lesions are completely covered. When you arrive please tell the provider that you are experiencing symptoms consistent with monkeypox.
  • Who qualifies for the vaccine?
    Due to a limited supply of the vaccine, the CDC and Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) have determined that vaccinations are currently prioritized for men who have sex with men (MSM) with certain risk factors (see below); and for close contacts of someone who has tested positive. We have asked for additional doses and expect to receive more soon.  We are holding vaccination clinics for at-risk individuals who meet CDC criteria for the vaccine and are working with community partners to help with outreach to individuals who may qualify.
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Criteria to Receive PEP++:

  1. Men who have sex with men, including those who identify as gay, OR bisexual, OR transgender, OR gender non-conforming, OR gender non-binary  AND
    •  Have had multiple or anonymous male, transgender, or gender non-conforming sex partners in the past 14 days; OR
    • had a diagnosis of gonorrhea and/or early syphilis within the past 12 months; OR
    • are on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)

OR

  1. Persons who attended an event/venue where there was a high risk of exposure to an individual(s) with confirmed monkeypox through skin-to-skin or sexual contact in the last 14 days.

OR

  1. Individuals who, on a case-by-case basis, are determined to have reasonable suspicion of recent direct skin-to-skin contact to a known or suspected case of MPX.
  • What should someone do if they don’t have a healthcare provider or health insurance and suspects they have monkeypox?
    If you are experiencing severe symptoms, please seek care at an emergency room. Wear a face mask to your appointment and make sure any lesions are completely covered. When you arrive please tell the provider that you are experiencing symptoms consistent with monkeypox.

Monkeypox Symptoms

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses as smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder; and monkeypox is rarely fatal. Monkeypox is not related to chickenpox.

Symptoms of monkeypox can include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches and backache
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Chills
  • Exhaustion
  • A rash that can look like pimples or blisters that appears on the face, inside the mouth, and on other parts of the body, like the hands, feet, chest, genitals, or anus.

The rash goes through different stages before healing completely. The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks. Sometimes, people get a rash first, followed by other symptoms. Others only experience a rash.