It’s important to protect yourself and those around you by making sure you have both doses of the Mpox vaccine and test regularly for STIs. This is recommended even if the chance of getting MPox is now lower since the global outbreak in May 2022.
Sexual Health London (SHL.UK) offers easy online access to STI testing for the most common infections. The website also has a clinic finder for anyone wanting to get the Mpox vaccine in London.
Anyone can get Mpox; however, currently most cases have been in men who are gay, bisexual and/or men who have sex with men, so it’s particularly important for people in this group to get vaccinated.
If you just want a check up, or if you haven’t had a test in the last six months, you can easily request a home testing kit on SHL.UK. The service is available to everyone aged 16 and over who are residents in most London boroughs.
UKHSA recommends the Mpox vaccine for men who have sex with men who have multiple or casual partners or who have been previously diagnosed with an STI. For maximum protection, a second booster vaccine is recommended 2 to 3 months after your first dose. The vaccine is safe and effective at preventing transmission.