Monkeypox is usually a mild, self-limiting illness which resolves in a few weeks. However, it can cause severe illness in some individuals.
Anyone can get monkeypox, and it is spread through close, skin-to-skin contact. Public health research suggests that it is currently spreading largely in interconnected sexual networks among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men.
On this page you will find more information about monkeypox, and how to protect yourself and those around you.
We know that some people may be worried about attending large gatherings, festivals and other events such as university Freshers Week. Here's a guide to these events developed by Prepster and the Love Tank which can help:
A guide to Pride events from Prepster, The Love Tank and the European Pride Organisation Association.
Public Health Wales would advise everyone intending to go to festivals or big events like Freshers Week to check themselves thoroughly before they leave for any symptoms, and to call 111, a GP or a sexual health clinic if any are found. If you know you have been exposed directly to Monkeypox consider sitting out the event. This will help to keep everyone safe.