Vaccination & Testing

How can I get vaccinated for Monkeypox?

New & established patients CLICK HERE to begin a pre-screening questionnaire to see if you qualify to receive the Monkeypox (JYNNEOS) vaccine.

How can I get tested for Monkeypox?

Based on high demand, we are currently ONLY able to evaluate and test established patients for Monkeypox. Please log into your Patient Portal to request an acute appointment.

General Information about Monkeypox

What is Monkeypox?

It is an illness that comes from the Monkeypox virus. It normally spreads from close skin-to-skin contact with someone who has Monkeypox or by touching a Monkeypox rash or scab. It can also be spread by touching items that someone with Monkeypox has touched such as bedsheets or clothing. Even though it can spread through skin-to-skin contact, it is not a sexually transmitted infection. More information from the CDC can be found here.

Why are we monitoring it so closely?

Cases reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) show that more than 40% of clients that test positive for Monkeypox are people living with HIV. In cases that reported clients’ sexual orientation, approximately 60% self-identified as gay, bisexual, or as a man who has sex with men. The Damien Center is posting additional signage about safety precautions in place to protect clients and staff from contracting Monkeypox. This includes cleaning with medical-grade wipes, additional personal protective equipment (PPE) for people working with clients who have symptoms of Monkeypox and adjusting protocols as we receive additional information about the virus.

What are the signs and symptoms of Monkeypox?

It usually appears with a rash, chills, fever, headache, muscle aches, exhaustion, and swollen lymph nodes. Swollen lymph nodes are swollen, usually tender spots in the armpit, neck, under the jaw and chin, or behind the ears. Many symptoms begin one to three days after exposure to the virus, and often begin with a fever, followed by a rash and other symptoms in the following 2-3 weeks.

How do I prevent Monkeypox during sexual activity?

Although Monkeypox is not considered a sexually transmitted infection (STI), it can be spread through sexual activity. There are a number of things you can do to reduce your risk for infection such as: having virtual sex, consider sex with your clothes covering areas where rash is present, and washing all clothing or bedding after sex. For more information, please reference the CDC Handout on Monkeypox and Safer Sex.

What do I do if I was exposed to Monkeypox or if I start to have symptoms of Monkeypox?

If you have been around someone that tested positive for Monkeypox or have the symptoms in the list above, please contact your healthcare provider, case manager, or health navigator to help coordinate a medical appointment for you. Your provider will speak with you about symptoms or an exposure to get you the care you need.

What type of treatment is available for it at The Damien Center or healthcare provider?

Due to increased demand and speed at which the virus is spreading in some communities, there are multiple treatment plans available. A vaccine is available in limited quantities, and antiviral drug options are all possible plans your healthcare provider will discuss with you if you are tested Monkeypox.

The Damien Center will receive treatments in various forms for Monkeypox, but you should speak with your healthcare provider to determine the best treatment plan for you. Tests and vaccinations are available free of charge. The Damien Center will receive vaccine doses from the Indiana Department of Health and will work with providers to ensure those with high risk, confirmed exposures, or other health conditions are able to access appropriate care.

How long does the illness last?

Monkeypox usually only lasts a few weeks, but it is important to get treatment for it. Treatment can keep symptoms from getting worse or help avoid more serious illness. Current information about treatments in Indiana can be found here. If you are treated for Monkeypox, you can expect some additional follow-up with your provider, the Indiana Department of Health, or contact tracers to better understand the spread and effect of the virus in our community.

We are working with community partners, Indiana Department of Health, and the CDC to monitor cases and update our response accordingly. Please check our website and social media pages for updates. If you have health concerns about Monkeypox, please contact your healthcare provider.

Información sobre Monkeypox en español: Building Healthy Online Communities page in Spanish