WNCAP to host Monkeypox vaccine clinic, Aug. 5

Press release from Western North Carolina AIDS Project:

WNCAP will host a one-day Monkeypox (MPXV) vaccine clinic in partnership with the Buncombe County Health Department. Supplies are limited and restricted in North Carolina to those meeting the criteria below.

554 Fairview Road
Asheville NC, 28803
Friday, August 5th
12 pm to 3 pm
no appointment necessary

Other locations offering MPXV vaccines in WNC

Buncombe County Immunization Clinic
40 Cox Avenue
Monday – Friday 8am – 430pm
no residency requirement, no appointment necessary

Haywood Health and Human Services (828) 452-6675
Henderson County Dept. of Public Health (828) 694-6015
WNC Community Health Services (828) 285-0622

Vaccine eligibility in North Carolina:
-People who have been in close physical contact with someone diagnosed with MPXV in the last 14 days
-Men who have sex with men, or transgender individuals, who report any of the following in the last 90 days:
Having multiple or anonymous sex partners
Being diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection
Receiving HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)

“Anyone can get monkeypox, but many of the cases identified in the current outbreak have been in men who have sex with men, thanks in part to the vigilance of those who sought testing when concerns arose leading to the recognition that monkeypox was spreading in the U.S.”

(NCDHHS, 7/2022) MPXV is not a sexually transmitted infection but can spread during sexual contact and through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact, including:

-Direct contact with monkeypox rash, scabs, or body fluids
-Touching objects, fabrics (clothing, bedding, or towels), and surfaces that have been used by someone with monkeypox.
-Contact with respiratory secretions.

Symptoms may include rash, and/or flu like symptoms. If you suspect you may have MPXV see a medical provider, wear a mask, and request a test.

To understand more about MPXV, how it spreads, and how to protect yourself, look to the following sources:
NCDHHS Expands Eligibility for MPXV Vaccination
Monkeypox-WhatYouNeedtoKnow.pdf (Spanish)
NCDHHS Monkeypox Overview
CDC About Monkeypox

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