What It Is and How to Get Tested

Cases of monkeypox are increasing, creating the need for greater education and testing to contain the spread this contagious disease. Monkeypox is spread primarily through intimate contact and sex. Anyone is susceptible to infection, but cases are found primarily in gay and bisexual men, transgender individuals, and nonbinary people. Having anonymous sex or sexual contact with multiple partners increases your risk of being exposed to the monkeypox virus.


When to Test

Any individual displaying symptoms of monkeypox should get tested immediately.

Signs and Symptoms

Look for these symptoms:

  • Unexplained rash over the body or on isolated areas, like the hands and face
  • Sores that resemble blisters or pimples
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle aches
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Cough
  • Nasal congestion
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Other Important Facts

Keep in mind:

  • Symptoms usually present within 1-2 weeks of exposure, but may take longer.
  • They last anywhere from 2-4 weeks.
  • Symptoms are often itchy, painful, and interfere with daily activities.

Transmission of Monkeypox

The current outbreak of monkeypox in the United States is being spread primarily through intimate contact like hugging, kissing, and cuddling. It is also spread through oral, vaginal, and anal sex. The monkeypox virus is transmitted through:

  • Extended face-to-face contact.
  • Direct contact with the sores or rash of an infected individual.
  • Contact with the bedding, clothing, or other personal items of an individual infected with monkeypox.

Monkeypox can spread when infected people have active symptoms. Experts are doing further research to determine if the disease can also spread either before or after symptoms are present, along with which fluids contain and spread the virus.

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How to Get Tested

The testing process is simple. Here’s what to expect:

  • During your appointment, your provider will take a swab of one or more sores.
  • Your sample is tested by the lab and your results are provided within a few days, but typically faster.
  • Isolate yourself until you get the results of your monkeypox test.
  • Follow the instructions given by your provider when you receive your results.

Positive tests typically require you to stay isolated until you are fully healed.


Find a Monkeypox Testing Site

FastLabs has multiple sites to make it more convenient for you to get tested. You must get a test at the first sign of symptoms, even if they are mild.

Make your appointment with FastLabs today to get quick and accurate test results you can trust.



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