Information on Mpox

The Mpox virus is transmitted through close contact. In most cases, it heals without problems. In some cases, however, complications can arise.

What do you need to know?

Mpox is transmitted from person to person through close contact. In particular, sexual contact with an infected person increases the likelihood of transmission. Any person who has symptoms suggestive of infection with mpox 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?

The most affected population group is men who have sex with men (MSM). All the information is compiled on Dr. Gay. In case of symptoms or a suspected infection, it is important to consult a healthcare professional as soon as possible. If an infection is diagnosed at an early stage, you

  • can begin a course of treatment (painkillers, ointments, medication),
  • can protect others from infection.

How can I protect myself against Mpox?

Getting vaccinated is the best protection against Mpox. Yet not everyone has to be vaccinated. At the moment, vaccination only makes sense for people who are at high risk of contracting Mpox. These are:

  • men having multiple male sex partners
  • trans people with multiple male sex partners
  • healthcare workers who come into contact with the virus
  • anyone who has had close contact with an infected person


Where can I get vaccinated in my canton? Find a list of all cantonal vaccination centres on Dr. Gay.

What do health professionals need to be aware of?

The FOPH has compiled the most important information and is updating it continuously. Many symptoms of Mpox 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, a specialist centre or an emergency department.