Mpox Testing: What to Expect
All UM Urgent Care locations can test for the mpox virus, formerly known as monkeypox, by swabbing the lesions, or spots, on the skin. Test results are typically available in 2-3 days. Mpox testing is a PCR test that can only be performed on skin lesions.
There is no screening test for people that may have been exposed but do not have spots on their skin. However, if you believe you have been exposed to mpox, but are not experiencing any symptoms, please contact your local health department.
The majority of patients with mpox will recover without any need for further treatment. If treatment is needed, UM Urgent Care is able to assist with arranging a referral for treatment at the THRIVE Program in Baltimore or another location.
Patients who test positive for mpox must isolate until all skin spots have healed and avoid skin-to-skin contact with others or contact with cloth or fabric that an infected person has come in contact with.
Patients can spread mpox to animals so isolation from family pets is recommended as well.