Can monkeypox spread through sex?

Monkeypox can spread through close skin-to-skin contact during sex, including kissing, touching, and oral and penetrative sex with someone who has symptoms. Monkeypox rashes or skin lesions have been found on genitals and in the mouth, which is likely to contribute to transmission during sexual contact. Mouth-to-skin contact could cause transmission where skin or mouth lesions are present.

It currently is not known whether monkeypox can be spread through semen or vaginal fluids. People who have symptoms should avoid sexual contact with others and, until we know more, should continue using condoms after they recover.

Last updated: 12-08-2022