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New tests can detect Zika virus in semen

New tests can detect Zika virus in semen

Some Brazilian laboratories have started to make tests that can detect Zika virus in man's semen. There were already tests that could find the virus in the blood, urine, saliva and amniotic fluid. The tests use PCR technology, which locates parts of the virus in the liquid.

Such a measurement is important as it is not yet known whether the virus in the semen can pass the disease to partners. So far, all cases in which sexual transmission of the Zika virus is suspected are in women who have had relationship with men who were with the disease or were in places of active circulation of the Zika virus.

"It is not yet known what can happen if a baby is fertilized in a relationship where the man's semen is infected with the Zika virus, "explains geneticist Ciro Martinhago of the Chromosome Genomic Medicine laboratory, one of the first to offer this test. However, Anvisa has demanded that couples who want to undergo fertilization procedures take the Zika virus before, even egg and sperm donors.

Since people can have the Zika virus without presenting symptoms, it is important that all husbands of women who are pregnant or want to get pregnant take the test, says the specialist. There is also a recommendation for condom use by couples in whom the woman is pregnant to ensure that there is no virus infection during pregnancy.


Interrupting menstruation does not interfere with the onset of menopause

Interrupting menstruation does not interfere with the onset of menopause

The menstrual cycle is complex, with innumerable stages integrated between the brain, ovaries, and uterus. Everything starts in the brain, from where the impulses that stimulate the ovaries to produce hormones start. These hormones, in a cyclic way, will stimulate and cause the endometrium to flake off in the form of menstruation.

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Cramps signal imbalance of nutrients in the body

Cramps signal imbalance of nutrients in the body

You may be standing, walking, playing sports or even sleeping, it does not matter! Just a chance, and here comes the damn cramp to bother you. The intense pain, which looks like a hook, catches anyone by surprise. "When it arises, it is a signal that it is a sign that it is a sign that it is a sign that it is not a sign of a serious illness.

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