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Information about mpox and how to protect yourself and those around you


Mpox 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 mpox, 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 mpox, and how to protect yourself and those around you.


Large gatherings and events

We know that some people may be worried about attending large gatherings, festivals and other events.  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 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 mpox consider sitting out the event. This will help to keep everyone safe.