Monkeypox is a rare infectious disease, but there are a number of cases in the UK. That number is rising.

Monkeypox is a viral infection usually associated with travel to West Africa. It is usually a mild self-limiting illness, spread by very close contact with someone with monkeypox and most people recover within a few weeks.

The virus can spread if there is close contact between people and the risk to the UK population is low.

If you think you have monkeypox symptoms – however mild, call one of our sexual health clinics immediately:

Barnsley: 0800 055 6442

Wakefield: 0800 121 4860

Wigan & Leigh: 01942 949167

Please contact clinics ahead of your visit and avoid close contact with others until you have been seen by a clinician. Your call or discussion will be treated sensitively and confidentially.