MPOX is a rare infectious disease, but there are a number of cases in the UK. That number is rising.

MPOX is a viral infection usually associated with travel to West Africa. It is usually a mild self-limiting illness, spread by very close contact with someone with MPOX and most people recover within a few weeks.

The virus can spread if there is close contact between people and the risk to the UK population is low. However, recent cases are predominantly in gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men and as the virus spreads through close contact, we are advising these groups to be alert to any unusual rashes or lesions on any part of their body, especially their genitalia, and to contact a sexual health service if they have concerns.


  • Unusual rashes or lesions on the body such as the face or genital area
  • Fever
  • Muscle aches
  • Chills and exhaustion
  • Headaches
  • Swollen lymph nodes

If you think you have MPOX symptoms – however mild:

  • Contact NHS 111 or call us immediately. Your call will be treated sensitively and confidentially.
  • Avoid close personal or sexual contact with others until you know that this is not MPOX.

Please contact clinics ahead of your visit and avoid close contact with others until you have been seen by a clinician. Your call or discussion will be treated sensitively and confidentially

Protecting you from MPOX:

UKHSA recommends the MPOX vaccine is for men who have sex with men who have multiple/casual partners.

If you are eligible and would like the vaccination, please complete the form link below. You will then be sent a link via text message to book into one of our dedicated vaccination clinics.

If you've recently booked your vaccine appointment, please read both of these leaflets:

Protecting you from MPOX

Intradermal MPOX vaccination

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