WHO revises sex guidelines for Zika prevention

July 27, 2016

If you’ve traveled to any country with a current outbreak of Zika, you should wait a full eight weeks to have unprotected sex or attempt to conceive a baby, even if you have no symptoms of the disease, the World Health Organization said today. Previous guidance suggested taking precautions or abstaining for only four weeks.

Men who have had any Zika – like symptoms such as rash, fever, red eyes and painful joints or muscles should practice safe sex or consider abstaining for at least six months, the organization says.

Evidence of the transmission of the virus via sex has been growing, said the WHO. As of May 19, 10 countries had reported sexual transmission: the United States, France, Italy, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Portugal, New Zealand, Canada and Germany.

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