ACON continues to advise gay, bisexual and men who have sex with men to be vigilant for symptoms of MPXV (also known as ‘monkeypox’) following the identification of a second case in NSW.
The case is a man who recently returned from travel to Queensland. He self-isolated and sought medical attention as soon as he developed symptoms and is now being supported by NSW Health.
ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill said: “MPXV is transmitted through close physical contact with someone who has symptoms, including when they are having sex. Anyone who has close contact with someone who has MPXV is at risk of acquiring it”.
Parkhill urged people in our communities be vigilant for symptoms, remain informed and be aware of their general and sexual health.
“It’s important we stay informed and continue to be self-aware when it comes to our health. Self-awareness can help protect your health and the health of others.
“We know that people in our communities already have strong health-seeking behaviour when it comes to looking after their sexual health so please continue to monitor for symptoms, including for any unusual rashes or lesions.
“And if you are sick, feeling unwell and have any compatible MPXV symptoms, self-isolate and seek medical attention immediately.”
Symptoms of MPXV include a fever, headache, muscle aches, low energy, swollen lymph nodes and a skin rash or lesions. The incubation period is usually 1-2 weeks but can be up to 21 days.
People who develop symptoms should call ahead before consulting their GP or sexual health service. They can also call the NSW Sexual Health Infolink on 1800 451 624.
Further information can also be found on ACON MPXV Information Page for LGBTQ communities (aconhealth.org.au/monkeypox).
Parkhill also urged people to keep the contact details of their sexual contacts, particularly at this present time.
“In the context of MPXV, and what we are seeing overseas and what that might mean for our communities in Australia, it’s really important that the people we hook up with can be reached. This will assist with contact tracing efforts so outbreaks can be minimised and managed,” Parkhill said.
“That the man had not travelled internationally suggests there may be community transmission in Australia.
“The situation is evolving and being able to reach your sexual contacts should the need arises will help stop the spread of MPXV.”
Read the NSW Health Public Health Alert here.
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