WHO recommends safe sex to prevent Zika transmission

New information concerning Zika's transmission through sexual encounters was recently released. | Courtesy of Shutterstock

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released new information concerning Zika transmission through sexual encounters.

Although it is possible for Zika to be transmitted through sex, it is more likely to be contracted through the Aedes mosquitos. Anyone who has been infected with the Zika virus, along with sexual partners, should acquire information about the possibility of transmission through sex. 

Safe sex should be practiced, specifically with condoms. Pregnant women should be especially careful if their partner has Zika and should practice safe sex adamantly -- or refrain from sex until the pregnancy is over. If women who have had unprotected sex feel they may have contracted the virus and do not wish to be pregnant, they should acquire emergency contraception and counseling.

Those who have been infected with Zika commonly do not show symptoms. As such, it is especially important for people living in or visiting areas where Zika is more common to practice safe sex or to not have sex at all; if someone is visiting an affected country, upon returning home they should wait at least four weeks. 

Although Zika has been found in semen, it is not recommended by WHO to have it regularly tested.

WHO also promotes the use of safe sex to prevent pregnancy, STIs and HIV.

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