There are several different symptoms of mpox, however you only need to get tested if you have one or both of the following:
If you have any other symptoms, make sure you isolate at home and seek health advice.
Testing for mpox is free. You will not be charged a consultation fee at your GP, after-hours, urgent-care clinic or sexual health clinic. Testing is free for anyone displaying mpox symptoms, or if you have been asked to test for mpox.
People who are not New Zealand residents (including international students, seasonal workers and visitors) will also be able to access mpox testing free of charge.
Health providers will wear PPE (personal protective equipment) when they test to avoid transmission while taking the sample. You may also be asked to wear a mask.
A sample will be taken from your lesions. Three different swabs may be taken from different lesions to get the most accurate result. They may ask to take the top off a lesion to collect fluid.
You may also be asked to do a rectal or throat swab, or a blood test. These procedures will all be done as carefully and as quickly as possible, and there should only be some or no discomfort at all.
The sample swabs are then sent to a lab, where they’re tested. You will be asked to isolate until your results come back. Suspected mpox tests are given priority, so you should find out your result as soon as possible.
It’s very important to get tested so that, if you have contracted mpox, you can receive the correct care and support.
You are now no longer automatically required to isolate while awaiting testing results for mpox. When you get tested, your clinician will conduct a risk assessment based on your symptoms and recent whereabouts and contacts.
You will now only have to isolate if:
You will still need to do the following while you wait for your result: