If you believe you are currently infected with monkeypox, we may ask you to schedule a telemedicine appointment with us.

For urgent testing, please visit NYC Health for all available clinics.

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses as variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder, and monkeypox is rarely fatal. Monkeypox is not related to chickenpox.

  • The monkeypox virus is spreading mostly through close, intimate contact with someone who has monkeypox.

  • At this time, data suggest that gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men make up the majority of cases in the current monkeypox outbreak. However, anyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, who has been in close, personal contact with someone who has monkeypox is at risk.

For the latest data about cases in the ongoing monkeypox outbreak in New York City, please click here.