Monkeypox / MPX

What men who have sex with men should know now.

Since May, there has been an outbreak of "monkeypox" (scientific name MPX) in Europe and other western countries. In Germany, cases of monkeypox have been identified for the first time in May 2022. As of 3 August 2022, 2.781 monkeypox cases have been transmitted to the RKI from all 16 German states. So far, mainly gay and bisexual men who have sex with frequently changing partners have been affected.

MPX can have very unpleasant symptoms, but fortunately usually heals on its own. In the meantime, the first vaccinations against monkeypox are taking place in most federal states. Soon, vaccination will hopefully be available for all people at increased risk. There are also other things you can do to protect yourself.

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What men who have sex with men should know now.

Monkeypox transmission

The main transmission route for MPX viruses ("monkeypox viruses") is considered to be close and prolonged skin-to-skin contact (e.g. during cuddling or sex), especially contact with the skin lesions (rash, blisters, pustules, sores, scabs). We have compiled all important information on the transmission of monkeypox here.

The vaccine against MPX ("monkeypox") is effective against real smallpox. It is in short supply and should initially be used primarily after contact with the pathogen and as a preventive measure for people who are particularly at risk, in order to prevent illnesses and severe courses. We have summarised the most important information here. [Last update: 20.07.2022]

Vaccination by federal state

Where is vaccination against MPX carried out? Overview by federal state (as of 28.7.2022)

Festivals, CSD, parties and sex: Questions & answers about "monkeypox"/MPX

MPX ("monkeypox") currently affects almost exclusively men who have sex with men (MSM) in Germany. Many people therefore also have questions about events such as festivals, CSDs and (sex) parties and how they can protect themselves from MPX there. We provide answers to the most frequently asked questions here.