Information on monkeypox

Currently, several countries in Europe are reporting monkeypox infections. Cases have also been confirmed in Switzerland. The disease is transmitted through close contact, and most cases are mild.

What do you need to know?

You can obtain the most important information about the disease from the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).
The risk of contracting monkeypox is not limited to sexually active individuals or men who have sex with men. Anyone who has close physical contact with an infectious person can become infected. Anyone who has symptoms suggestive of monkeypox should avoid close physical contact and seek immediate advice from healthcare professionals.

What do gay men and other men who have sex with men need to know?

All the information is compiled on Dr. Gay. There is no reason for concern. In case of symptoms, it is nevertheless worthwhile to consult a medical specialist quickly.

The Dr. Gay information campaign run by the Swiss AIDS Federation is intended to help prevent further transmissions among men who have sex with men.

What do health professionals need to be aware of?

The FOPH has compiled the most important information.

Many symptoms of monkeypox are similar to those of syphilis or an HIV primo-infection. Therefore, it is possible that well-informed individuals with these symptoms may visit a checkpoint or other specialist centre. In general, it can be assumed that they have a known HIV/STI infection. Specialists should be particularly attentive in the case of a skin rash.
We recommend wearing masks and gloves when in contact with patients. With suspected cases of monkeypox, professionals should immediately contact the infectious diseases or cantonal medical service.