Monkeypox is a virus that can cause flu-like symptoms and a rash. Human-to-human transmission of monkeypox virus occurs by direct contact with lesions, infected body fluids, touching objects, fabrics (clothing, bedding, or towels), and surfaces that have been used by someone with monkeypox, or from exposure to respiratory secretions during prolonged face-to-face contact. Reports of human-to-human transmission include close contact with a person with monkeypox symptoms. A person is considered to be infectious until all scabs separate and a fresh layer of skin is formed.
Testing for people with monkeypox symptoms is available at SHWC and our providers can promptly diagnose and manage suspected and confirmed cases as well as provide guidance for exposed contacts. Schedule a same-day appointment through the Patient Portal or by calling (404) 756-1241.
Prevention and Risk Reduction
Individuals can minimize their risk for exposure by:
- Asking sexual partners whether they have a rash or other symptoms of monkeypox.
- Avoiding skin-to-skin contact with someone who has a rash or other monkeypox symptoms and those diagnosed with monkeypox.
- Not sharing bedding, towels, clothing, utensils, or cups with a person with monkeypox.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
Students should reach out to the SHWC if exposed or experiencing symptoms.
If you would like to speak with someone to discuss your concerns around exposure risks and prevention strategies, please email AUCC epidemiologist here, the Georgia Department of Public Health at 866-PUB-HLTH (866-782-4584) or call SHWC at (404) 756-1241 to speak with a medical provider.
Currently, the Atlanta University Consortium member institutions (Spelman College, Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse School of Medicine) do not have access to the monkeypox vaccination at this time. Vaccinations in Georgia are limited; as such, Georgia Department of Health (GDPH) is prioritizing vaccine distribution in five metro counties - Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Cobb, and Clayton. Because demand outweighs supply, GDPH is following the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and prioritizing monkeypox vaccine for individuals at high risk. Vaccination may be recommended for people who are close personal contacts of people with monkeypox virus, individuals who may have been exposed to monkeypox, or people who have increased risk of being exposed to the virus.
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