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 www.odhpvd.org.