MPOX Update 6th September 2023:
The mpox virus continues to circulate globally and, as long as global circulation persists, the potential for new outbreaks among people who have multiple sex partners remains.
Gay and bisexual men who have sex with men, as well as trans people with multiple partners, who have not yet been vaccinated, are encouraged to visit the HSE website at https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/mpox/vaccine/ and arrange an appointment for vaccination, which is currently available free in some STI clinics in Dublin and Galway.
You can get the mpox vaccine at these locations:
Mater Hospital, Dublin
70 Eccles Street,
Phone: 01 803 2965
St Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin
St Vincent’s Hospital,
Galway STI clinic
Infectious Diseases Clinic,
University Hospital Galway,
Newcastle Road, Galway
Phone 091 542 294 and ask for the mpox clinic.
Who can get a Monkeypox Vaccine?
You can get a monkeypox vaccine if you are a gay or bisexual man or transgender person and one of the following applies to you:
- You have been diagnosed with a bacterial STI (sexually transmitted infection) in the past 6 months. For example gonorrhoea, syphilis or chlamydia.
- You have been diagnosed with genital herpes for the first time in the past 6 months.
- You have had 3 or more sexual partners in the past 3 months.
- You have had group sex in the past 6 months.
- You have had sex in a sex-on-premises venue in the past 6 months — this can include a sauna, dark room or sex club.
At this time, the monkeypox vaccine is not considered necessary if you have had monkeypox infection before. If you have received a first dose of the monkeypox vaccine already, you can book your second dose online. Wait 4 weeks since your first dose and tell your vaccinator that this is your second dose.
Where can I get more information?
The HSE has developed a comprehensive FAQ document which you can download here.
It’s important to get information from a reliable source such as the Health Service Executive (HSE) or Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC). At man2man.ie, we are working with these agencies on the response to monkeypox with our partners in the MPOWER. We’ll be updating the information on our website and through social media as the situation changes.
Health Protection Surveillance Centre – Monkeypox
Health Service Executive – Monkeypox
MPOWER Monkeypox Information