How to Protect Yourself
Monkeypox Prevention Steps
These five steps can help you protect yourself from getting monkeypox:
This might include skin with what appears to be a rash, pimples, blisters, or scabs.
- The rash might appear on the genitals (penis, testicles, labia, vagina) or anus and could be on other areas like the hands, feet, chest, face, or mouth. Do not touch the rash or scabs of a person with monkeypox.
- Do not kiss, hug, cuddle, or have sex with someone with monkeypox.
- Do not share eating utensils or cups with a person with monkeypox.
- Do not handle or touch the bedding, towels, or clothing of a person with monkeypox.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, especially before eating or touching your face and after you use the bathroom.
- Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect you, your family, and your friends from getting sick.
Also, avoid sick or dead animals, as well as bedding or other materials they may have touched. Learn more about monkeypox in animals.