CDC Guidance Update: Any Kind of Sex Can Spread Zika


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The latest Zika guidance update from the Centers for Disease Control  and Prevention (CDC) warns Latinos and U.S. residents that all kinds of sex can spread the Zika virus, TechTimes reports.

According to the new update:

“All other couples in which a partner (male or female) has been in an area with Zika can also reduce the risk of sexual transmission by using condoms or abstaining from sex. Sex includes vaginal, anal and oral sex, and may also include the sharing of sex toys.”

Health experts recommend pregnant women with sex partners (male or female) who live or have traveled to areas where Zika virus is active to abstain from sex or use protection.

Univsion reports that more than 60% of U.S. adults know nothing about Zika, and less than 50% know that it can be sexually transmitted This is according to a survey released by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.

The survey conducted among 1,009 adults from different ethnicities, including Latinos, between ages 18-45 also reported that over 80% of adults have not made changes to their sexual life as a response to the threat of the Zika virus.

“With the Zika virus emerging as a critical public health issue here and around the globe, it is even more important for us to be intentional about when, if, and under what circumstances to get pregnant,” said Ginny Ehrlich, CEO of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.

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