The number of monkeypox infections in Amsterdam is on the increase. Are you coming to the city’s Pride celebrations? If so, please act responsibly: make sure you don’t get monkeypox or pass the disease on to others.
- Stay at home if you are running a temperature or feeling feverish. Take a COVID self-test to make sure you don’t have COVID-19. If your test is negative or if you have blisters on your body, contact your GP and make an appointment for a monkeypox test at your public health service (GGD).
- Monkeypox is transmitted by intensive skin-to-skin contact, such as kissing, making love and sex.
Together we can make Pride a wonderful and safe celebration.
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Monkeypox is a viral infection. The virus is not dangerous to most people, but it is contagious and the effects can be very painful. Symptoms include: fever, headache, aching muscles, swollen lymph nodes and fatigue. These symptoms begin between 5 and 21 days after you become infected with the virus. After a few days, you will develop a rash that can spread over your face and body. The rash begins with spots which turn into blisters that eventually dry up. These blisters can leave scars.
Monkeypox mainly spreads through intensive skin-to-skin contact. So please be extra careful if engaging in intimate contact, such as kissing, making love and sex.
Health education about Monkeypox during Pride
- Friday August 5th from 18 to 21 hours in The Web (Sint Jacobsstraat 6)
- Saturday August 6th from 12 to 16 hours at the Amstelveld
- Saturday August 6th from 16 to 18 hours at the Homomonument (Westermarkt)
“There’s still a lot of work to be done to make care inclusive”
Camiel Welling works as a sexual health physician at GGD Amsterdam Public Health Service and is a medical supervisor at the city’s Trans Clinic. His colleagues and patients also know him as “the doc with the acrylic nails”. He tells us more about the key role of the Trans Clinic and the need for inclusive care.
“Infectious diseases know no borders, so cooperation is crucial”
Henry de Vries, dermatologist at GGD Amsterdam, recently visited Suriname with a delegation that included the city’s mayor Femke Halsema. The main goal was to boost cooperation in a number of areas, including HIV prevention.
Protect yourself from Hepatitis B
During Pride week, Amsterdam’s public health service (GGD) will be on hand with a vaccination team. You can hook up with them to get a free jab against Hepatitis B or a combined Hepatitis A/B jab. Find out why this is so important at our Hepatitis B page.
For a separate Hepatitis A jab, you will have to pay a charge.
Where and when to get your free Hepatitis B jab
- Every Thursday: between 17.00 and 19.30
Walk-in clinic at Nieuwe Achtergracht 100, 3rd floor
- Saturday, 6 August: between 12.00 and 18.00
Reguliersdwarsstraat at El Encanto
Canal Parade with Kiri Mioki
For this year’s boat parade, the GGD Amsterdam’s Centre for Sexual Health (CSGA) has pulled out all the stops: it’s all hands and Kiri Mioki on deck! Kiri Mioki is an Amsterdam-based queer musician who writes and produces his own songs. His latest song Go Prep! is a remake of the Village People classic Go West, translated freely into Dutch.
Kiri and the CSGA hope the song will raise awareness and spark a wider discussion at and around Pride 2022, both about gender and using PrEP. In keeping with this year’s My Gender, My Pride theme, the song will be showcased by giving a brand-new look and feel to the Village People’s macho archetypes.
The aim of Go Prep! is to inspire and motivate Pride audiences to embrace gender freedom and think about sexual health issues. “Don’t forget that condom, girls!”
Read more at: Canal Parade STI Outpatient Clinic.
Go PrEP – On our way to zero HIV infections by 2026
There are currently about 21,155 people in the Netherlands living with HIV. The vast majority of them live in Amsterdam. HIV is a disease that you carry with you throughout your life. There is no cure but there are effective treatments. One thing these treatments do is ensure that you cannot transmit the disease to other people. Fortunately, the number of HIV infections has been declining for years. Amsterdam has announced its ambition to reduce the number of HIV infections in the city to zero by 2026.
Here’s how we plan to do it
- We will test for HIV on a large scale. Our aim is to reach out to and treat as many people with HIV as possible.
- We are working hard to make PrEP accessible to larger groups of people. PrEP is tried and tested way to prevent HIV infection. By deploying PrEP on a large scale, we can stop people becoming infected with HIV and having to take medication for the rest of their lives.
- We are committed to fighting stigma, taboos and misinformation surrounding HIV. Everyone should be able to access the care they need.
- We want to improve relations and step up cooperation with all the different communities in Amsterdam.