Monkeypox Info & Updates

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Monkeypox Info & Updates

Monkeypox is circulating in our community, and we want to make sure you have the info you need about what’s going on.

Symptoms often start with flu-like symptoms, including fever, headache, and fatigue, but not everyone has these symptoms. 1 to 3 days later, people may get a rash or “blisters” on the face, arms, legs, hands, feet, and genital and anal areas – the genital/anal rash appear to be very common during this outbreak. It usually takes around 5 to 14 days after any exposure for symptoms to appear (the “incubation period”). Find more answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Diagnosis & Treatment

Magnet is available for diagnosis and treatment for people that develop rashes around their genitals and/or anal area, and/or on face, hands/feet, and other parts of the body that may be caused by monkeypox or another infection. Call us at 628-212-8038 to schedule a visit.

Testing

We can test the rash to see if it might be caused by monkeypox or a different infection. Only those experiencing rash or blister-like symptoms may receive testing at this time, which involves taking a swab of the rash. Call us at 628-212-8038 to schedule a visit.

Vaccination

Monkeypox vaccinations are now available to:

  • Cis gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men, who have had more than 1 sexual partner in the past 14 days
  • All transgender and nonbinary individuals (who have sex with cis men or trans folks assigned male at birth), who have had more than 1 sexual partner in the past 14 days
  • People in the sex trade of any sexual orientation or gender identity
  • People who have had close contact in the last 14 days with someone with suspected or confirmed monkeypox
  • People who had close contact with others at a venue or event in a social group in the past 14 days where a suspected or confirmed monkeypox case was identified
  • Lab workers who routinely perform monkeypox virus testing 
  • Clinicians who have had a high-risk occupational exposure (e.g., examined monkeypox lesions or collected monkeypox specimens without using recommend personal protective equipment)

We are providing the JYNNEOS vaccine. Vaccines are limited. Unfortunately, signing up for a vaccine on the waitlist does not guarantee vaccine access. Please bear with us as this expanded eligibility criteria will increase demand for vaccines. Please sign up online to join our Monkeypox Vaccine Waitlist.

If you have added your name to the waitlist, we will call or email to schedule an appointment when a vaccine becomes available. Vaccines come to us from the federal government, and we are filling appointments from the waitlist as quickly as we can. Please note that we are not a mass vaccination site–we may not be your quickest option. 

The mass vaccination site for San Francisco is Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, located at 1001 Potrero, Building 30. This site is available for drop-in vaccinations starting Monday, August 1, 8 am – noon. If you are on our vaccine waitlist and have not received a call from us about scheduling a vaccine appointment, we encourage you to drop in to ZSFG if you are able to.  

Second doses of vaccine

People who receive the first dose of the vaccine are very well protected after two weeks. Because the supply of vaccine is so limited, we are pushing out as many first doses of the vaccine as we can right now. When more vaccine doses become available, we will be able to provide second doses of the vaccine for people who request it. 

Last updated on August 2, 2022. SFAF will continue to update this page as additional information becomes available.

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SFAF Monkeypox Town Hall

San Francisco AIDS Foundation hosted a community town hall on monkeypox to share what we know about this infection including how it's transmitted, how to prevent it, the number of infections in the Bay Area, and how to access vaccines for monkeypox. We also include information on how to get involved in vaccine advocacy as San Francisco faces vaccine shortages.

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