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MPV (Monkeypox) Community Forum
The Cleveland Department of Public Health and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health have made information available regarding MPV on their websites.
You are also welcome to join a community forum this Wednesday, August 17th at 7:00pm to learn more about the local response to the MPV outbreak, including resources. This is being hosted by the LGBT Center and features local public health leaders Dr. Margolius, Dr. Cooper, and Dr. Ganesh to answer questions. The conversation will be moderated by Deairius Houston of Central Outreach Wellness Center. The program is hybrid (in person and virtual) so available via zoom with prior registration.
As you are no doubt aware, the monkeypox virus (MPV) outbreak has been declared a public health emergency in the US. The current outbreak disproportionately affects gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) Including those living with HIV.
People with advanced HIV infection or who are not taking antiretroviral drugs might be at increased risk for severe disease if they get MPV. Treatment is available with the antiviral drug tecovirimat (TPOXX). Pre- and postexposure prophylaxis can be considered with the JYNNEOS vaccine. Although there are little data about monkeypox in patients with HIV, prompt diagnosis, prevention, and treatment might help prevent adverse outcomes and limit the spread of MPV.
From AIDS Funding Collaborative