MPV (M-Pox)

Learn about MPV and where to find vaccination sites throughout northeastern New York

The Alliance for Positive Health maintains our unwavering commitment to the local community and the clients we serve throughout any contagious disease, such as MPV. Please continue to visit this page for the most updates and information as we continue to navigate this crisis.

AFPH offices are now open as follows:

Albany: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Plattsburgh: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

You may visit in person during these times or call the office location or assigned coordinator to schedule a meeting.

  • Surgical masks are required for ALL client visits in order to keep them healthy.
  • We highly recommend calling the office first if you do not have a scheduled appointment.


Current data suggest that about 40% of people diagnosed with monkeypox in the United States also had HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). CDC doesn’t know if having HIV increases the likelihood of getting sick with monkeypox if exposed to the virus. However, they do know that people with severe immunocompromise (like advanced HIV) are at increased risk of severe monkeypox if they become infected.

If you have HIV, you should follow the same recommendations as everyone else to protect yourself from monkeypox. Taking your HIV medication as prescribed and keeping an undetectable viral load are the best things you can do to stay healthy and doing so also prevents you from sexually transmitting HIV to your HIV-negative partner.

Frequently Asked Questions About MPV (monkeypox virus)

What is MPV (Monkeypox virus)?

MPV (M-pox) is a virus transmitted to humans from animals with symptoms similar to those seen in the past in smallpox patients, although it is clinically less severe. 

What are the symptoms of MPV?

MPV symptoms usually start within 3 weeks of exposure to the virus. If someone has flu-like symptoms, they will usually develop a rash 1-4 days later. 

  • Fever, intense headache, swelling of the lymph nodes, back pain, muscle aches, and an overwhelming lack of energy. (typically occurring within a week of infection)
  • Skin rashes are very common (typically occurring within 1-3 days from first symptoms)
    • Highly likely: Face
    • Likely: Hands and Feet
    • Possibly: Genitalia 
    • Rarely: Area around the Eyes
  • Symptoms lasting from 2 to 4 weeks

NOTE: This is not a complete list. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

What do I do if I have the symptoms?

Call for medical attention immediately.

What are the risk factors for MPV?

Those who are chronically ill or have immno-compromised conditions - such as HIV/AIDS are not just at heightened risk of getting diagnosed but having worsened side effects. 40% of all newly reported MPV infections are from people living with HIV/AIDS.

Are there MPV cases in my county?

New York State Department of Health regularly updates this map that shows the number of cases for every county in the state. 

Is it Monkeypox, M-Pox, or MPV?

Great question! Monkeypox was originally named because of its first recorded outbreak from a small group of chimpanzees. The jump from animals to humans, specifically in Africa, caused the virus to be designated as Monkeypox. Cases are mild and are seen throughout the continent.  As the current outbreak surfaced outside of the region, the WHO (World Health Organization), along with other health agencies, are moving towards non-stigmatized language - MPV or M-pox are currently being used throughout our area. 

Recommended information resources for MPV

New York State Department of Health

For updates as they occur,

text MONKEYPOX to 81336 or,

text MONKEYPOXESP to 81336 (se habla espanol)