There has recently been an increase in monkeypox cases within the UK, however the risk of catching it remains low. Monkeypox can affect anyone; however the majority of monkeypox cases in the UK continue to be in gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM), with the infection being passed on mainly through close contact between people in interconnected sexual networks. Therefore, these groups in particular are advised to be aware of the symptoms, especially any new rashes or lesions on any part of their body. If you have symptoms of monkeypox please contact a sexual health service or call NHS 111. For more information, please visit nhs.uk.
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From April 2022 the NHS has started providing a new injectable treatment for people living with HIV. If you are interested in this treatment, or would like to know more please ask us at your next appointment in clinic when we can assess your suitability and advise on the treatment.
The Garden Clinic, Slough will be offering Monkey Pox Vaccines once they are available within our region. If you are new to the service and live within East Berkshire please call 0300 365 7777 to be added to the waiting list. Service users known to the clinic should have been contacted by SMS to inform you that we will contact you once we receive the vaccines, you therefore do not need to contact the clinic.To make sure you see the correct person and are assessed correctly we are asking patients some additional questions. You will be asked by telephone and when you present at the clinic.Signs and Symptoms:
In humans, the symptoms of monkeypox are similar to but milder than the symptoms of smallpox. Monkeypox begins with fever, headache, muscle aches and exhaustion. The main difference between symptoms of smallpox and monkeypox is that monkeypox causes lymph nodes to swell (lymphadenopathy) while smallpox does not. The incubation period (time from infection to symptoms) for monkeypox is usually 7-14 days but can range from 5-21 days.
The illness begins with:
- Muscle aches
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Exhaustiona high temperature or shivering (chills)
Within 1 to 3 days (sometimes longer) after the appearance of fever, the patient develops a rash, often beginning on the face then spreading to other parts of the body.
Lesions progress through the following stages before falling off:
The illness typically lasts for 2-4 weeks.
Please be aware that service users attending any of our clinics are still required to wear face masks and to hand sanitise their hands. Do not attend the clinic if you have been in contact with anyone who is positive for Covid-19 within the last seven days or if you have any of the following symptoms:
- a high temperature or shivering (chills), a high temperature means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough, this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
- shortness of breath
- feeling tired or exhausted
- an aching body
- a headache
- a sore throat
- a blocked or runny nose
- loss of appetite
- feeling sick or being sick
Protecting you from monkeypox - Information leaflet on the smallpox vaccination
The Garden Clinic provides a free, confidential, non judgemental, integrated Sexual Health Service in Slough, Bracknell and Maidenhead.
Testing and treatment of sexual infections (STIs), emergency contraception, HIV testing and treatment and emergency treatment following HIV risk (PEP) are all available.
For information about Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) or Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), please click here.
Sex is a normal part of most people's lives. Whatever your sexuality or preference we are not here to judge but to help inform your choices and to support you to remain healthy. The service is completely free.
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