Who is a close contact?

A close contact is anyone who, since the start of your monkeypox symptoms, you have: 

  • had sex with, including oral, anal, or vaginal sex. 
  • came into direct contact with the rash on your body. 
  • hugged, cuddled, kissed, or had other prolonged skin-to-skin contact with. 
  • shared cups, utensils, towels, clothing, bedding, blankets, or other objects and materials with. 


The CDC has suggestions on how to notify people exposed to monkeypox.  

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