NCDHHS and its partners encourage North Carolinians, especially those as higher risk for monkeypox, to take three steps to help limit the spread of the virus:

  • LEARN the facts. Anyone can get monkeypox. It spreads mostly through close skin-to-skin contact.
  • LOOK for a rash. Get new rashes, lesions or sores checked by a health care provider.
  • LOCATE testing and vaccines. There is no limit on testing.

The monkeypox vaccine is available for people who meet any of the following criteria:

  • Anyone who had close contact in the past two weeks with someone who has been diagnosed with monkeypox; or
  • Gay, bisexual, or other men who have sex with men, or transgender individuals, who are sexually active; or
  • People who have had sexual contact with gay, bisexual, or other men who have sex with men, or transgender individuals in the past 90 days; or
  • People living with HIV, or taking medication to prevent HIV (PrEP), or who were diagnosed with syphilis in the past 90 days.

For the latest information on monkeypox in North Carolina, including where to locate testing and vaccines, visit ncdhhs.gov/monkeypox.