At-Home Monkeypox Testing

Our simple, in-home diagnostic test can confirm if you currently have Monkeypox.

What Is Monkeypox?

Monkeypox is a rare disease that is related to smallpox. Monkeypox often causes a visible rash that may resemble blisters or pimples. These rashes may occur on the hands, feet, face, genitals, and other parts of the body. Symptoms are generally mild and may also include fever and chills, exhaustion, headache, muscle aches, and swollen lymph nodes.

How Is Monkeypox Detected?

A PCR test detects genetic material belonging to the Monkeypox virus. This test is fast and simple. Your nurse will take a swab from suspected lesion(s) on your body for analysis. Results are typically available within 3-7 business days of your appointment.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the test take?

Sample collection takes approximately 15 minutes. After this, your sample will be securely shipped to a lab for analysis. Results are typically available within 7 business days.

What are the symptoms of Monkeypox?

Sometimes, people get a rash first, followed by other symptoms. Others only experience a rash. Symptoms usually appear one to two weeks after infection.

Symptoms of monkeypox can include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches and backache
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Chills
  • Exhaustion
  • Respiratory symptoms (e.g. sore throat, nasal congestion, or cough)
  • A rash that can look like pimples or blisters that appears on the face, inside the mouth, and on other parts of the body, like the hands, feet, chest, genitals, or anus.
    • The rash goes through different stages before healing completely. The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks.

Can you prevent Monkeypox?

You can take some practical steps to protect yourself.

  • Wash your hands frequently and keep them away from your eyes, nose, face, and mouth
  • Avoid physical contact with anyone with a confirmed case
  • Do not touch the belongings, clothes, or linens of someone who has a confirmed case
  • Get vaccinated if you have been exposed to Monkeypox or are at a higher risk of exposure (eg. due to job or travel)

When should you get a test?

You should get a test for Monkeypox if you:

  • Have been in close contact with someone who has a confirmed case of Monkeypox
  • Are experiencing symptoms of Monkeypox
  • Have recently traveled to or live in a country where Monkeypox usually occurs
  • Have recently interacted with animals infected with Monkeypox

How does Monkeypox spread?

Monkeypox spreads in different ways. The virus can spread from person-to-person through direct contact with the infectious rash, scabs, or body fluids. It also can be spread by respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact, or during intimate physical contact, such as kissing, cuddling, or sex. In addition, pregnant people can spread the virus to their fetus through the placenta.

Touching items (such as clothing or linens) that previously touched the infectious rash or body fluids is another way monkeypox spreads. It’s also possible for people to get monkeypox from infected animals, either by being scratched or bitten by the animal or by eating meat or using products from an infected animal.

People who do not have monkeypox symptoms cannot spread the virus to others.

Monkeypox can spread from the time symptoms start until the rash has fully healed and a fresh layer of skin has formed. The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks.

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