Mpox

Anyone aware if anything around Manchester UK? I'? struggling to find any info online, my partner was told at his check up last week that there's a shortage and none available for us right now.
 
Do we have any data on how long protection from the vaccine actually lasts, particularly as they seem to be only giving out one doses at the moment? Do we know if it vanes as rapidly as the Covid-19 vaccination?
Truth is we don't really know. This is technically a smallpox vaccine which is *believed* to effectively protect against monkeypox too. Also the virus might mutate in time just like covid. I suspect they would want to roll out a second dose, but they're focusing on giving out the first one to as many people as possible first and obviously availability is limited. It's far from a perfect scenario but anything is better than nothing at this point.
 
@Hairycub1969, @beautifulmorning; thank you both. After reading more about it I feel better about my ability to keep it contained to myself, if I do have it. I fluctuate between relative calmness thinking it's unlikely iI got it to being absolutely certain I have it, but I know that until I develop the rash-wounds it's unlikely to be it.
Currently, my throat hurts and I woke up with a fever. My immediate thought was monkeypox but this seems impossible since the incubation period is supposed to be at least 5 days, and it's only been three days for me. I'm hoping it's just a throat infection, I've got an appointment for a COVID test later today. But I've also written to the national healthline with my info and symptoms.
I've found no doctors that are explicitly LGBT-friendly, but there is a clinic that specializes in sexual and reproductive health. I've been there once to get tested before and I told the doctor I was gay, and he didn't react negatively, so I feel that's my best bet.

Does anyone know if you have to wait some time after infection for the virus to be picked up by the test?
 
@Chezam - here's a link to the UK NHS Website regarding Monkeypox:
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/monkeypox/

From the website:
Symptoms of monkeypox
If you get infected with monkeypox, it usually takes between 5 and 21 days for the first symptoms to appear.

The first symptoms of monkeypox include:

  • a high temperature
  • a headache
  • muscle aches
  • backache
  • swollen glands
  • shivering (chills)
  • exhaustion
  • joint pain
A rash usually appears 1 to 5 days after the first symptoms. The rash often begins on the face, then spreads to other parts of the body. This can include the mouth, genitals and anus.

You may also have anal pain or bleeding from your bottom.
 
@Hairycub1969, @beautifulmorning; thank you both. After reading more about it I feel better about my ability to keep it contained to myself, if I do have it. I fluctuate between relative calmness thinking it's unlikely iI got it to being absolutely certain I have it, but I know that until I develop the rash-wounds it's unlikely to be it.
Currently, my throat hurts and I woke up with a fever. My immediate thought was monkeypox but this seems impossible since the incubation period is supposed to be at least 5 days, and it's only been three days for me. I'm hoping it's just a throat infection, I've got an appointment for a COVID test later today. But I've also written to the national healthline with my info and symptoms.
I've found no doctors that are explicitly LGBT-friendly, but there is a clinic that specializes in sexual and reproductive health. I've been there once to get tested before and I told the doctor I was gay, and he didn't react negatively, so I feel that's my best bet.

Does anyone know if you have to wait some time after infection for the virus to be picked up by the test?
I would think that if you’re showing a rash it would show up on a test. Even if it didn’t, get the vaccine (if available), and if you have issues in a week or so, seek medical attention. However, there doesn’t seem much that you can do if you have it, medically speaking. It’s like chicken pox. You’re looking at 2-4 weeks. People who have pain are being told to take paracetamol. You have to self-isolate. I’m not sure what your work or school schedule is like. Perhaps if you are diagnosed with Monkeypox, you can get a note from your doctor to give to your job or school. Keep in mind that some people are getting a small blister or two. You still don’t want to spread it but if you get it it doesn’t necessary mean you’re going to get it all over your body. Some people are getting it mildly. Hang in there.
 
I had it and have now recovered. Luckily it was a very, very mild case.

It started with what looked like small pimples on my body, at first three. I thought nothing of it as I usually get spots on my body in summer from sweating and sun cream. They looked exactly like a regular spot/pimple.

Two days later I had a small lump on my lower abdomen/groin and went to to my doctor immediately as I thought it might be a hernia (it was exactly where I had one as a kid). My doctor suggested it was a lipoma and referred me to a specialist, citing possible surgery.

Then the next day I noticed a few more spots and then that night I had a crazy fever. I wasn't sweating but my body was on fire. I decided to go to A&E the next morning.

Turns out the lipoma was actually swollen lymph nodes in my groin (I'll be c hanging doctors). They took some samples from the pimples. At this point I had about 20 in total, with three on the face but hidden by facial hair. I had to isolate at home and four days later they called to confirm it was monkeypox.

At the worst point I had 39 small spots all across the body. They weren't grouped together and I didn't have a rash. The spots didn't hurt or itch, and they didn't turn into open lesions. I only had 5 on my face but they were possibly the reddest looking ones. I even had one on my eyelid, just where the lash is, but that came and went in a day.

The spots all cleared up in about 9 days. I still have some very faint marks where they used to be. In general, apart from the fever one evening, I was generally in fine health. I was very lucky. I can see one small scar that I'll probably have on my face from one of the spots, but that's because I couldn't resist picking at it.

The worst part for me was having to avoid contact with my dog until I was fully recovered. I couldn't pet him or let him get near me. It was heartbreaking.

If anyone has any questions or concerns about it feel free to inbox me.
 
The first PJ case... Sorry to hear that and hope you feel better soon!
Are the marks from the spots getting less visible? Do you have any idea how you got it?
 
The first PJ case... Sorry to hear that and hope you feel better soon!
Are the marks from the spots getting less visible? Do you have any idea how you got it?

The marks are definitely fading with each passing day, so that's good. A couple seem to be more prominent but they were also the larger spots.

I don't think I got it through sexual contact. I've reached out to people and they don't have it. So my only possible theory is from close contact with people at a music festival. Brushing up against people while moving around. However, I shared a hotel room and bdouble bed with my friend that weekend and he has nothing. So I'm a bit in the dark.
 
The marks are definitely fading with each passing day, so that's good. A couple seem to be more prominent but they were also the larger spots.

I don't think I got it through sexual contact. I've reached out to people and they don't have it. So my only possible theory is from close contact with people at a music festival. Brushing up against people while moving around. However, I shared a hotel room and bdouble bed with my friend that weekend and he has nothing. So I'm a bit in the dark.
For some people it doesn’t show up for weeks after exposure, so they may have it. You might have had a shorter incubation period. They may also have a mild case with a few spots. You just never know. Hopefully they’re in the clear. I’m glad you’re doing better and it was a mild case!
 
The marks are definitely fading with each passing day, so that's good. A couple seem to be more prominent but they were also the larger spots.

I don't think I got it through sexual contact. I've reached out to people and they don't have it. So my only possible theory is from close contact with people at a music festival. Brushing up against people while moving around. However, I shared a hotel room and bdouble bed with my friend that weekend and he has nothing. So I'm a bit in the dark.

Maybe one of your sex partners had the super mild case were they have 1-2 spots and they're behind hair. But also a couple we made friends with in Barcelona, one of them had it (really bad too, he was hospitalised) and the other never got it. So it's hard to know.
 
The way they are keeping vaccines in the Netherlands reserved for people at risk of people with prep only... I want one myself! I'll just wait.
 
You have to be on PrEP to get one?

In the UK:

Who this appointment is for
Only sexually active gay and bisexual men who have sex with men who ALSO meet one or more of the criteria listed to the right are eligible for vaccine.
  • Gonorrhoea, chlamydia or syphilis diagnosed in the last 3 months OR
  • More than 5 sexual partners in the last 3 months OR
  • Group sex in the last 3 months OR
  • Sex in a sex on premises venue (e.g. sex club, sauna) in the last 3 months OR
  • Advanced HIV (CD4 count below 200 or detectable viral load)
But they give it in good faith, it's not like they (can) check.
 
Controversial opinion and feel free to drag me, but lie about the criteria if you don’t meet them right now and just get the vaccine if you can. Look after yourself everyone and be selfish if you have to.
 
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