Zika Virus and Safe Sex Guidelines

The World Health Organization has released safe sex guidelines for those who are returning from Zika-affected areas. The report recommends doubling the abstinence time from having sex; the initially suggested four weeks to eight weeks. Scientists have come to this conclusion from finding that the Zika Virus lingers longer in blood and other bodily fluids than previously thought. To ensure your partner’s safety and the safety of a potential pregnancy, seriously consider the following recommendations.

What You Should Know About Zika

  • If you and your partner are trying to get pregnant, it’s crucial that you consider delaying pregnancy until the recommended abstinence time has passed.
  • If the male partner in a couple is planning pregnancy has symptoms of the Zika Virus, the period of abstinence is increased to six months.
  • Evidence points to male semen as the source of transmission between partners. It is important to practice safe sex by using a condom if your partner is currently pregnant or abstain from sex altogether for the remainder of the pregnancy.
  • Tests are still inconclusive as to how long the Zika Virus stays in the saliva.
  • For those living in Zika zones, it is important to continue your use of insect repellents such as DEET, covering up, and stay inside as much as possible.

Healthcare professionals are more concerned than ever about Zika Virus link to an epidemic of brain defects known as microcephaly. The Zika virus has now hit 52 countries to date according to the World Health Organization.