(Mirror Daily, United States) Health specialists issued a new recommendation for men who have been exposed to the Zika virus: they shouldn’t try to procreate for half a month due to the Zika risk. The advice goes for both men who had or didn’t had the symptoms of the disease. As the virus can spread through unprotected sex, there is a risk of babies developing diseases too.
The new recommendations come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The initial advice was that only men who had Zika symptoms should avoid conceiving a child for six months. However, the same thing applies to men who have only been exposed to the virus.
Former advice from doctors required men who might have been in contact with the Zika virus to postpone procreation only by eight weeks. The change in the specialists’ suggestion is based on new analyses which show that the virus can resist and still be transmitted, although an individual doesn’t have symptoms.
According to specialists, men are free of the Zika risk within six months. The suggestion of postponing procreation is meant to reduce the risks of babies developing the disease or birth defects associated with it. The recommendation is available for people who live in areas affected by the Zika virus or to those who have traveled in such areas.
However, if couples have questions on the matter, they can always address a specialist. They will talk problems of medical history, exposure to the virus and the Zika risk for both partners and their future baby. Testing is also recommended before conceiving.
There is also a difference between men and women who have symptoms of the Zika virus. Women have to wait for less than man until they can conceive a child, namely eight weeks. Nevertheless, it is still pregnant women those who are more prone to get the virus, as mosquitoes can attack them and cause malformation to the future babies.
The virus started to spread from Brazil to other countries and states. Culex mosquitoes are the primary carriers of the disease. However, both man and women infected with the virus can spread it by sexual intercourse.
Since the Zika outbreak started, one of the main concerns of health experts was preventing and treating it. Specialists are working on a proper vaccine against the virus, but the development process is not easy. Until it becomes available, people have to follow all the other recommendations from doctors.
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