If you’ve been on social media or watching the news, you’ve probably seen many headlines about monkeypox.

What is monkeypox? Is monkeypox an STD?

Monkeypox History

You might not know that monkeypox has actually been around for over 60 years. In 1958 there was an outbreak in monkeys in parts of Africa and a first confirmed case in humans in 1970.

Monkeypox Transmission

Monkeypox is transmitted through contact with an infected person. The virus enters through mucous membranes such as your eyes, nose, and mouth. While this can be through contact with broken skin, researchers believe that monkeypox is spread by inhaling droplets.

Monkeypox Symptoms

Monkeypox It is very similar to smallpox. It causes smallpox-like lesions on the skin. A fever, headache, and difficulty breathing are also common.

Monkeypox Fatality Rate

Luckily, monkeypox is rare and has a high recovery rate. The current virus of monkeypox in circulation has a fatality rate of 1%.

Is Monkeypox an STD?

Although monkeypox has been found in semen, it is not considered an STD. Many diseases can be spread through sexual intercourse, from the flu to the common cold, but that doesn’t make them STDs. Similarly, monkeypox can be spread through sex but it isn’t an STD.

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