Monkeypox (orthopoxvirus) is a rare disease caused by infection from the Monkeypox virus. The Monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses that cause Smallpox. However, symptoms of Monkeypox are considered milder than those of Smallpox. Speedy Sticks now offers the FDA-cleared, PCR-based Monkeypox (orthopoxvirus) DNA assay test that was developed by the CDC from the comfort of your own home.
Price of service $275
What is the Process for this Test?
Once you book your Monkeypox test with Speedy Sticks, a Speedy Sticks-appointed healthcare professional will come to your home to conduct the Monkeypox test. The Monkeypox test sample collection is done through a swab of the lesion with a sterile swab. Processing time for the Monkeypox test is 2-3 days. The Monkeypox test is qualitative and the results will be reported as follows:
- Monkeypox Detected: A non-variola orthopoxvirus was detected. In addition to monkeypox, there are several viral species in the genus orthopoxvirus. But since there are no current epidemiological concerns about those other viruses, a positive result is presumptive positive for monkeypox. It is important to note that this test will not detect if the client has Smallpox.
- Monkeypox Not Detected: This means that an orthopoxvirus was not detected, and the client is therefore negative for the Monkeypox virus.
- Monkeypox Equivocal: This result can occur when the Monkeypox virus is detected at levels close to the limit of detection of the assay, and a definitive result cannot be determined. For any equivocal result, the CDC recommends that a new client sample is collected and tested again for conclusive results.
- Monkeypox Inconclusive: This result can occur when the assay control criteria are not met and no Monkeypox virus is detected. This raises a concern for a poorly collected sample, and the CDC recommends that a new client sample should be collected and tested again for more accurate test results.
If you suspect you have Monkeypox, the CDC recommends that you:
- Contact your healthcare provider immediately.
- Isolate yourself at home and avoid public gatherings.
- If you have an active rash or other symptoms, stay in a separate room or area away from people or pets that live with you, if possible.
** If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and suspect you may have been exposed to Monkeypox, please contact your healthcare provider immediately.
Please visit the CDC website for current guidelines on the Monkeypox virus
What Else Do I Need To Know?
*This content is for informational purposes only and is not meant to replace consulting with a healthcare professional. Please consult with your primary care physician or healthcare provider before engaging in any services offered by Speedy Sticks.