If you haven’t heard about the Zika Virus at this point, then you might be living under a rock. It’s been circulating for the past few weeks and creating waves of confusion, concern, and questions. However, there is a new concern—can Zika be sexually transmitted? There are currently 14 cases under investigation in order to get to the bottom of this newly found concern. In case you aren’t familiar with the Zika Virus, here’s a quick background to answer any questions you may have.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed the sexual transmission of the Zika Virus from an infected partner to a U.S. non-traveler. However, the CDC has stated that while it is possible to sexually contract Zika Virus from a partner, the main way is through being bitten by a mosquito.
Currently, there are 14 suspected cases of sexual transmission that are being examined to determined the seriousness of the issue. According to Medical News Today, all 14 alleged cases are women being infected by men, some of the women were pregnant. Of the 14 cases:
- In 2 cases, the women that is currently infected said their only chance of contraction was through sexual contact
- In 4 cases, lab results from an IgM antibody test were available, but they need further testing in order to definitely confirm
- In 8 cases, there are no conclusive results and the CDC is still investigating the situation
Don't go running for the hills, there isn’t any reason to cut yourself off from humanity…or at least not yet. The CDC released a statement, “At this time, there is no evidence that women can transmit Zika Virus to their sex partners; however, more research is needed to understand the issue.” The CDC is taking precautions and has released tips for pregnant women and men with pregnant sex partners that have a risk of Zika Virus (traveling to Zika infected countries). It's a matter of time until we will understand the full risk of the Zika Virus.