Monkeypox is on the rise in the LGBTQ community. Here’s what to know

​JYNNEOS, is being distributed now that it is approved by FDA and production is being ramped up.  It was developed for smallpox but has been found to also provide protection against monkeypox.

Smallpox/Monkeypox Vaccine
(JYNNEOS™): What You Need to Know

Those most at risk for infection now, which includes anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has monkeypox, men who have sex with men or transgender individuals who in the past 3 months have had multiple or anonymous sex partners, or a sexually transmitted infection, or are taking medication to prevent HIV, are eligible to receive the vaccine.

Healthcare workers who collect specimens for testing and those who handle them in the laboratory also should get the vaccine.

The JYNNEOS vaccine is available at some health departments and a small number of medical clinics. The number of locations administering the vaccine will increase with supply.

We are fortunate that we have on hand right now a reliable test, a well-tolerated treatment, and an approved vaccine.