Monkeypox

Monkeypox is a viral infection usually associated with travel to West Africa. It is usually a mild self-limiting illness, spread by very close contact with someone with monkeypox and most people recover within a few weeks.

The virus can spread if there is close contact between people. However, recent cases are predominantly in gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men and as the virus spreads through close contact, we are advising these groups to be alert to any unusual rashes or lesions on any part of their body, especially their genitalia.

Symptoms of monkeypox include:

  • unusual rashes or lesions on the body such as the face or genital area
  • a fever
  • muscle aches
  • chills and exhaustion
  • headaches
  • swollen lymph nodes.

If you have symptoms or concerns ahead of a booked appointment, contact a local sexual health service by phone and avoid close contact with others until you have been seen by a clinician. Your call or discussion will be treated sensitively and confidentially.

Advice or appointments

For advice about monkeypox or to book an appointment:

  • Ashford, Canterbury, Dover, Folkestone and Hythe, Swale or Thanet - call 0300 790 0245 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm)
  • Maidstone - Rubin Clinic - call 07955 434 087 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
  • Gravesham - Riverside Clinic, Gravesham Community Hospital - call 07955 434 081 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)

Please note there is currently a national shortage of monkeypox vaccine supplies, more vaccines are due to be available at the end of September.

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