In alignment with the recent announcement by the World Health Organization and the concurrence of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, IDPH is now using the term “mpox” to refer to what has been known as monkeypox virus. This change is intended to enhance the response to mpox by using a term that does not conjure bias or stigma and to strengthen efforts to protect communities that are most impacted by the virus.
In the United States, the test for Monkeypox virus is run using a sample collected from a lesion. Individuals wishing to be tested for monkeypox will need to contact their health care provider to see about testing availability. Then during their appointment, the provider will use a swab in and around one or more lesions to collect a sample. That sample is then sent off to a lab to conduct the test.