Contact your healthcare provider immediately and avoid sex or other close, intimate contact until you have been checked out.
Testing for mpox is now widely available through reference laboratories in addition to the state public laboratory. If you have symptoms and would like to be tested for mpox, contact your healthcare provider. Anyone without a provider or insurance can also be tested at their local parish health unit or community clinic: ldh.la.gov/phu
Avoid gatherings, especially if they involve close, personal, skin-to-skin contact or prolonged face-to-face contact.
Talk to your partners about any recent illness and be aware of new or unexplained sores or rashes on your body or your partner’s body, including rashes on the genitals and anus.
People with new rashes should also be aware that the rate of syphilis is rising in Louisiana and nationally.
If your test for mpox is positive, stay isolated until your rash has healed, all scabs have fallen off, and a fresh layer of intact skin has formed.