Monkeypox Testing in Rhode Island

Person in medical gown and gloves holding a test swab

Who should get tested?

If you start to notice red lesions, pimples or pustules you should contact RIPHI’s Open Door Health and let the team know that you suspect a monkeypox infection. 

How do you test for Monkeypox?

Current testing procedure utilizes a polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, test that is conducted by swabbing a lesion. The sample is then sent to a lab for analysis, taking anywhere from 24 hours up to three days or more for results. A lesion is necessary for testing; if you don’t have any symptoms, or have only flu-like symptoms, there is no way to test for monkeypox.

Where to get a test in Rhode Island?

RIPHI’s Open Door Health is offering monkeypox virus testing. Contact us at 401-648-4700 or visit


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