Coronavirus Found In Infected Men's Semen
The new coronavirus can be detected in men's semen even after they have begun to recover, Chinese researchers said Thursday.
This finding raises the possibility that the virus could be sexually transmitted but It's not yet clear.
COVID-19 spreads through respiratory droplets or contact and the virus has also been detected in faeces, saliva and urine.
Researchers at the Shangqiu Municipal Hospital in China’s Henan Province conducted a study to determine whether the virus was present in semen. The findings from the study of coronavirus patients were published on Thursday in the JAMA Network Open medical journal.
They tested the semen of 38 coronavirus patients aged 15 to their 50s.
Genetic material from the coronavirus was found in the semen of six patients — four of whom were at the “acute stage of infection” and two of whom were “recovering.”
The researchers noted that the study was “limited by the small sample size” and further research would be required to determine whether the virus can be sexually transmitted.
“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,” the study said.
“Abstinence or condom use might be considered as preventive means for these patients,” it said.
Source- The Guardian