If you think you may have been exposed, or if you have symptoms of mpox, avoid others (including pets) and contact your health care provider right away for evaluation and testing. If you don't have insurance or a health care provider, call the Health Department at 734-544-6700.
Everyone should take steps to prevent mpox:
Additional ways to lower your risk for mpox include:
- Not going to places like bathhouses or other public sex venues.
- Avoiding raves, parties, or clubs where people wear minimal clothing and where there is direct, intimate, skin-to-skin contact. For those who attend these events or venues, minimize skin-to-skin contact when possible.
- Events where attendees are fully clothed and unlikely to share skin-to-skin contact are safer. However, be mindful that activities like kissing can spread mpox.
We also recommend regularly getting screened for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Many of the current mpox cases in Michigan also have STIs. Syphilis and herpes are much more common than mpox - they appear similar and should be treated too. STI testing is available at the Health Department and from other local providers.
See more about safer social gatherings and safer sex here.