CORONAVIRUS FOUND IN MEN’S SEMEN

After the novel coronavirus enters the body, it seems it reaches places well beyond the lungs. Indeed, it is found in the kidneys, heart, liver and gastro-intestinal tract. And just recently, researchers have detected the virus in semen. However, it is yet unclear whether the virus can be sexually transmitted.

A STUDY DONE IN CHINA

The study involved 38 men, all of whom had tested positive for  COVID-19, and were experiencing symptoms of the disease, or had already recovered. They all provided semen samples that were analyzed for the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

The researchers detected the virus in the sperm of 6 of the participants, which represents 16% overall, 2 of which had already recovered.

TRANSMISSION IS MOST LIKELY NOT SEXUAL

However, the study does not prove that these virus particles are viable or capable of transmitting infection. It is also unclear how long the virus remains present in semen. To day, transmission even during sex is most likely to happen through close contact and inhalation of respiratory droplets. Yet, with uncertainty, it might be best to recommend use of condom for minimal risks.

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