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Monkeypox: Gay and bisexual men with high exposure risk will be offered vaccine in England

BMJ 2022; 377 doi: (Published 22 June 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;377:o1542
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

Gay and bisexual men at high risk of exposure to monkeypox will be offered the smallpox vaccine (Imvanex) to help control the recent monkeypox outbreak, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has said.1

The updated strategy, endorsed by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) and published on 22 June, says that eligibility will depend on a number of factors but will be similar to the criteria for HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Additionally, clinicians will be able to recommend vaccination for someone who has multiple partners, participates in group sex, or attends “sex on premises” venues.

From 6 May to 20 June 2022, 793 cases of monkeypox had been confirmed in the UK. Of these, 18 were in Scotland, three in …

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