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Stay Safe During PRIDE: A Message About Monkeypox

Jun 27, 2022

Brought to you by ROC Pride Collective and Trillium Health in partnership with the Monroe County Department of Health

As more cases of Monkeypox appear in New York State and across the country, the virus continues to disproportionately impact men who have sex with men. While there is no reason to panic, we do encourage taking proactive steps to help prevent the spread of Monkeypox in our area – before, during, and after Pride.

Monkeypox usually begins with a flu-like illness followed by a rash – which may look like pimples, blisters, or sores. It can spread to anyone through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact (sexual or otherwise) including:

  • Direct contact with Monkeypox rash, sores, or scabs from a person with Monkeypox.
  • Contact with objects, fabrics (clothing, bedding, or towels), and surfaces that have been used by someone with Monkeypox.
  • Contact with respiratory secretions, through kissing and other face-to-face contact.

To help reduce possible spread, remember to:

  • Stay home and call your doctor if you are not feeling well.
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.
  • Shower after sex.

The risk to most people remains low, but knowledge empowers us all and keeps us healthy!

In Good Health,

ROC Pride Collective

Trillium Health

Monroe County Department of Health