In collaboration with the Long Beach Health Department, The LGBTQ Center Long Beach will offer Monkeypox vaccines at our 4th Street location on Friday, August 12th, 2022. ⁠

Registration for our Monkeypox Vaccine Clinic on Friday, August 12th has CLOSED.

We have reached our vaccination allotment for this clinic. The Center will notify community members of future vaccination clinics when they become available. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

If you have not already, you can register with the City of Long Beach to receive monkeypox vaccinations at longbeach.org/monkeypox

If you have questions about monkeypox, please call the City’s Public Health Information Line at (562) 570-7907 or our Health Services department at (562) 434-4455 ext. 500.

City of Long Beach public health experts and LGBTQ+ community leaders held a Virtual Townhall on Wednesday, August 10th, 2022 from 6:00-7:00pm for an update and conversation on monkeypox and its unique impact on the City of Long Beach and our communities.

This was our first in a series of monkeypox updates with various guest speakers and subject matter experts on the impact monkeypox is having on the Long Beach LGBTQ+ community. We looked at the current data available to us for our region of Southern California, speak about what we are experiencing in Long Beach, discuss how this virus is transmitted, how we can prevent exposing ourselves to it, what resources are currently available for testing and vaccination and candidly talk about how we can stop the stigma many have associated with this recent outbreak.

Please be advised not all questions could be answered given the time allotted. If your question was not answered in this session, we will do our best to answer any submitted questions via email. 

Monkeypox is a virus not commonly seen in the United States, however, cases have been recently found and continue to rise. It can result in symptoms like a rash, which may look like pimples, blisters, or sores, often with an earlier flu-like illness. If we all know the facts and work together, we can help to stop the spread of monkeypox. Please follow the suggestions below:

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer
  2. Stay home and contact your healthcare provider if you feel sick, have a fever, chills, or swollen lymph nodes or have a new or unexplained rash, which may look like pimples, blisters or sores.

Monkeypox can spread to anyone through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact including:  

  • Direct contact with monkeypox rash, sores, or scabs from a person with monkeypox.
  • Contact with objects, fabrics (clothing, bedding, or towels), and porous surfaces that have been in contact by someone with monkeypox sores or lesions
  • Contact with respiratory secretions, through kissing and other face-to-face contact. 

This contact can happen in certain social and intimate, not exclusively sexual, situations including:   

  • Hugging, cuddling, massage, and open mouth kissing. 
  • Shirtless and semi-nude events including crowded dance parties and festivals.
  • Oral, anal, and vaginal sex or touching the genitals or anus of a person with monkeypox.  
  • Touching fabrics and objects that were used by a person with monkeypox and that have not been disinfected, such as bedding, towels, fetish gear, and sex toys.

We (The Center) are monitoring cases in Los Angeles County and are working with the Long Beach Health Department to stop the spread of the current monkeypox outbreak. The risk to most people remains low and symptoms have been mild for those with confirmed cases. There have been no hospitalizations or deaths in the United States, and we encourage everyone to seek out creditable information that empowers us all and keeps us healthy!⁠

To stay up-to-date on the latest information regarding monkeypox in Long Beach and to avoid misinformation, please visit longbeach.gov/monkeypox. You can learn more about monkeypox, symptoms, prevention and vaccination efforts.

If you have questions about monkeypox, please call the City’s Public Health Information Line at (562) 570-7907 or our Health Services department at (562) 434-4455 ext. 500.

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