What should men know about the Zika virus?

All people -- men included -- should know that when travelling in areas endemic to the Zika virus, they should use mosquito repellent and wear long sleeves and long pants. If you are diagnosed with Zika, you should treat your fever with acetaminophen or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), rest, drink plenty of fluids and follow up with your primary care provider. If you or your partner travel to Zika-endemic areas, use condoms for six months to prevent transmission and having a baby that is born with severe defects.
David J. Itkin, MD
Infectious Disease
In contrast to other mosquito-borne diseases, Zika can actually act as a sexually transmitted pathogen. Men could carry the Zika virus in their semen even without ever showing symptoms of the infection. And, worst case scenario, a man could have the infection for months without realizing it and sexually transmit it to a pregnant woman who’s never even left the country. This could cause the fetus to develop microcephaly.

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Zika Virus

Zika Virus

Zika virus is a tropical disease that is spread by Aedes species of mosquitoes. Until 2015, the virus was limited to small outbreaks in regions of Africa, Asia and the Pacific Islands. Mosquitoes can pick up the virus by biting an ...

n infected person, and then transmit it to someone else they bite later. The virus doesn’t generally spread from person to person directly, though sexual transmission is possible.

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