Impact of Mpox Outbreak on Select Behaviors

Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men are taking steps to protect themselves and their partners from mpox.

In an online survey of gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men conducted during August 5-15, 2022, respondents reported changing their behavior because of the mpox outbreak: 48% reported reducing their number of sex partners, 50% reported reducing one-time sexual encounters, and 50% reported reducing sex with partners met on dating apps or at sex venues.


Source: American Men’s Internet Survey, 2022 Mpox Supplemental Survey.


For more information on the 2022 U.S. mpox outbreak, visit 2022 Outbreak Cases & Data.


For more on these data, read the MMWR Strategies Adopted by Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men to Prevent Monkeypox virus Transmission—United States, August 2022.


Interim data analysis; findings are subject to change.