It has been reported by the U.S. CDC that the Zika virus can be transmitted through unprotected sex with an infected female partner.
The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention previously reported that the virus could only be transmitted by males because it can reside in semen for several months.
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According to Medical Xpress, CDC said that all pregnant women with sex partners (male or female), who lives or has traveled to an area with Zika, must use condoms during sex. They also said that pregnant women can also “abstain from sex for the remainder of their pregnancy.”
“Sex includes vaginal, anal and oral sex, and may also include the sharing of sex toys,” the CDC stated.
Recommendations were made by the CDC saying men who had been infected must not have unprotected sexual contact with a partner who is pregnant or hoping to become pregnant for at least six months.
However, the new warning was made after a recent case of female-to-male sexual transmission took place in New York City.
Limited human and non-human primate data pointed out that the RNA of the virus can be detected in vaginal secretions. According to Reuters, the precautions now include straight as well as lesbian couples, where one infected partner could pass the virus to the other.
After the new information came to light, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending that the time frame for blood tests should be lengthened to 14 days.
As of Wednesday, there have been more than 1,400 reported cases of Zika virus infection. It was confirmed by local health officials on Thursday that they are monitoring Zika patients in Utah very closely.