Men with Pregnant Partners
Nine Months is Nothing Compared to a Lifetime
The Zika virus can be passed through sex, and Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause birth defects.
The Zika virus is still in Puerto Rico so it is important to protect the ones you love.
The Zika virus can be passed through sex
The Zika virus can be passed through the bite of a mosquito and through sex. During pregnancy, the Zika virus can cause severe birth defects in your developing baby.
Even if you are in a committed relationship, you can pass the Zika virus to your partner through sex, which can cause birth defects in your baby.
Sex includes vaginal, anal, and oral sex and using sex toys.
The Zika virus can be passed even if you don’t have symptoms or feel sick. It can also be passed when you have symptoms, before they start, or after they have gone away. Click here to learn more about the symptoms of the Zika virus.
The Zika virus can stay in your semen for more than 6 months
When you are infected with the Zika virus, the virus can be found in your body fluids, including your blood, saliva, urine, and semen.
The Zika virus can stay in your semen longer than in your other body fluids so even when the Zika virus is no longer in your blood, urine or saliva, it can still be in your semen.
The Zika virus can stay in your semen for over 6 months. Men who get infected with the Zika virus don’t always get sick and because the virus can stay in your semen for over 6 months, CDC recommends that all men with pregnant partners use condoms for the entire pregnancy to protect the developing baby from birth defects.
A blood or urine test can confirm if you have been infected with the Zika virus; however, testing blood, semen, vaginal fluids, or urine is not recommended to determine how likely a person is to pass the Zika virus through sex. A negative semen test does not mean you can’t spread the Zika virus through sex. Click here to learn more about testing for the Zika virus.
You can protect your loved ones
Condoms, both male and female condoms, can reduce the chance of passing the Zika virus to your partner.
It is important to use condoms throughout the entire pregnancy. No matter what trimester your partner is in, your developing baby is at risk for birth defects if exposed to the Zika virus.
To be effective, condoms need to be used from start to finish, every time you have vaginal, anal, or oral sex or if you share sex toys. Dental dams can also be used for oral sex (mouth to vagina). Click here to learn how to properly use a condom.
There are many types of condoms to choose from. Click here to learn about the many types of condoms on the market and find the right one for you.