CDC is updating webpages with the term "mpox" to reduce stigma and other issues associated with prior terminology. This change is aligned with the recent World Health Organization decision.


Protect Yourself and Others

At this time, data suggest that gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men make up the majority of cases in the current mpox outbreak. However, anyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, who has been in close, personal contact with someone who has mpox is at risk.

Following the recommended prevention steps and getting vaccinated if you were exposed to mpox or are at higher risk of being exposed to mpox can help protect you and your community.

Protect Yourself


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Prevent the Spread of Mpox
Safer Sex, Social Gatherings, and Mpox

Learn how you can make informed choices when in spaces or situations where mpox could be spread.