Pregnant women should use condoms in all sexual intercourse to avoid Zika
The Department of STD / AIDS and Viral Hepatitis of the Ministry of Health recently started recommending pregnant women to use condoms in all sexual relations also as a way to prevent a possible infection by Zika virus. This is because, according to the agency, "the scientific evidence available to date points to a possible causal linkage of the Zika virus and sexual transmission."
On Thursday, 15, the American Center for Disease Control CDC) confirmed the first episode of transmission of Zika virus by anal sex in the United States. Transmission cases for vaginal sex had already been reported.
CDC experts also confirm that the Zika virus is more active in semen than in blood, which would provide a high possibility of sexual infection.
The Ministry recommends "correct and consistent use of male and female condoms in all sexual relations, especially for pregnant women and their sexual partners. "
According to the department, a working group coordinated by the World Health Organization (WHO) with the participation of the Brazilian Government, seeks deepen the scientific evidence in this field. Until now, existing information leads us to adopt precautionary measures, precisely because there is evidence of complications resulting from the vertical transmission of the virus, such as microcephaly and the association with Guillain-Barrè Syndrome.
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