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Semen Might Contain Coronavirus

Semen Might Contain CoronavirusThe virus that causes COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2), has been discovered in men’s semen, according to a new report in JAMA Network Open.

Chinese researchers analyzed semen samples of 38 men who were treated for COVID-19 in January and February of this year.

The semen of 6 patients (16%) tested positive for the virus. Of these, 4 men were in the acute (quickly developing) phase of the illness, and 2 were recovering.

“Abstinence or condom use might be considered as preventive means for these patients,” the authors wrote.

They acknowledged that the study included a small number of participants and covered a short time frame. They recommended additional research.

“If it could be proved that SARS-CoV-2 can be transmitted sexually in future studies, sexual transmission might be a critical part of the prevention of transmission, especially considering the fact that SARS-CoV-2 was detected in the semen of recovering payments,” the authors added.

The coronavirus has been found in stool, saliva, urine, and the gastrointestinal tract, they noted.

While COVID-19 research is ongoing, there is still a lot that officials don’t know yet. Experts advise that people continue to wash their hands, wear face masks as recommended, and practice social distancing measures.

People should also be careful with sex. The virus can be spread through kissing and by touching infected surfaces, such as skin, bedding, and sex toys. Limiting your number of sex partners and using condoms and dental dams during every sex act might reduce your risk.

Learn more about sex and COVID-19 here.

Resources

 CNN.com

Fox, Maggie

“Coronavirus found in men’s semen”

(Updated: May 11, 2020)

https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/07/health/coronavirus-semen-china-health/index.html

JAMA Network Open

Li, Diangeng, PhD, et al.

“Clinical Characteristics and Results of Semen Tests Among Men With Coronavirus Disease 2019”

(Research Letter. May 7, 2020)

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2765654

Medscape Medical News

McCall, Becky

“SARS-CoV-2 in Semen of COVID-19 Patients?”

(May 7, 2020)

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/930127