Monkeypox Advisory for 2SGBTQ+ Communities Ahead of Pride Events

7/27/2022

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Monkeypox cases are increasing in British Columbia (BC) and around the world. The disease can affect anyone of any gender identity or sexual orientation, however, it has particularly impacted men in the 2SGBTQ+ community. Of the over 50 confirmed cases in BC as of July 27, all were diagnosed in men who have recently had sex with other men

As your health and wellness partner, the FNHA, along with other health care organizations serving First Nations people in BC, would urge caution surrounding monkeypox as we head into Pride weekend. While the overall risk for event attendees is likely low, monkeypox may spread in social gatherings through: 

  • Skin-to-skin contact
  • Prolonged face-to-face interactions over several hours
  • Exposure to towels, blankets or other items that contact skin and may have virus on them
For tips on safer sex and socializing as they pertain to monkeypox, please refer to this SmartSex Resource.

Monkeypox Vaccination 

You may be eligible for the monkeypox vaccine (Imvamune) if you are transgender or identify as belonging to the gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men community, and answer yes to any of the questions below: 
  • Have had two or more sexual partners within the past 21 days (three weeks);
  • Have received a diagnosis of bacterial sexually-transmitted infection (STI) in the past two months;
  • Have attended venues or other locations for sexual contact within the past 21 days (e.g., bathhouses, sex clubs, park play) or may be planning to;​
  • Have had anonymous/casual sex in the past 21 days (e.g., using apps, online sites, formal/informal gatherings) or may be planning to;
  • Engage in sex work or may be planning to, either as a worker or a client; and
  • Have been advised by public health that you may be at risk.

Vancouver Coastal Health: Vaccination Information | Book a vaccine appointment

Island Health: Vaccination Information | Book a vaccine appointment

Fraser Health: Vaccination Information | Book a vaccine appointment

Interior Health: Vaccination Information | Book a vaccine appointment

Northern Health: Call 250-645-8983​

Monkeypox Guidance for 2SGBTQ+ Events 

For information on symptoms, mitigating risk of monkeypox and tips to hosting an event with best hygienic practices: 

As well, The Health Initiative for Men has created a central hub for 2SGBTQ+ communities across Canada called Checkhimout.ca/MPOX which contains up-to-date information being shared about monkeypox, including current infection statistics by jurisdiction and how you can get vaccinated. Organizations that serve 2SGBTQ+ communities may also find monkeypox media resources to share here.

The World Health Organization's Director-General has declared the ongoing monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency of international concern.

Further Information

For frequently asked questions related to disease symptoms, transmission, and prevention, please view these information sheets:

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