MPOX Facts for People Who Are Sexually Active

What to do if you’ve been exposed

Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently considers MPOX risk to the general public as low, cases across the world are continuing to rise. If you believe you have been exposed to someone with MPOX, please take the following precautions:

  • Notify your healthcare provider immediately for consultation.
  • Avoid gatherings, especially if they involve close, personal, skin-to-skin contact.
  • Think about the people you have had close, personal, or sexual contact within the last 21 days, including people you met through dating apps. You might be asked to share this information if you have received a MPOX diagnosis, to help stop the spread.


***  If you have signs or symptoms or MPOX or are currently under isolation for MPOX, please do not just walk-in to your provider’s office. Please call ahead to ask for guidance. ***


***Jynneos is available at Montgomery County Public Health District. Please call 936-523-5020***


MPOX vaccinations are available to individuals who have been directly exposed to MPOX and/or are at a high risk of contracting the MPOX virus, as defined by the CDC. It is not recommended for everyone and will be provided to residents pending authorization from the local health department in partnership with a primary care provider. Public health will work with medical providers to offer vaccination to those with a high risk exposure. Household contacts and sexual partners are in the high risk group if connected to a confirmed case. Personnel who work in an occupational setting, including labs, where there is a risk of exposure, are approved to get the vaccine.

Vaccination is most effective if received within the first 4 days post-exposure. If given 5 to 14 days post-exposure, it may reduce the severity of the illness.


Case Definition           

Healthcare Professionals

Specimen Submission Guide For Houston Health Department

Test Request Form For Houston Health Department                     

CDC TPOXX Guidance (Review guidance to determine patient eligibility)

DSHS TPOXX Ordering Guidance (Slides 31-35) (How to Request TPOXX treatment for Providers)

Informed Consent* (Required before initiation of treatment)

Patient Intake Form (Required after treatment initiation)

FDA Form 1572 (Required after treatment initiation)

MedWatch Adverse Event Report Form (Required after treatment initiation)

Clinical Considerations for Pain Management of Monkeypox


CDC Resources


Demographics of cases


Outbreak and case data


MMWR on high contact and surface contamination in a household of person with MPOX


Disinfecting Home and Other Non-Healthcare Setting


Schools, Early Care and Education Programs, and Other Settings Serving Children or Adolescents


Workplace and Business Toolkit