U.S. Centers for Disease Control Issues New Warning On Sexual Transmission of Zika
By Kathleen O'Brien // July 16, 2016
First Case of Female-to-Male Transmission of Zika Documented by cdc
NJ.COM — The Zika virus can be sexually transmitted from women to men, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Friday.
That means anyone who travels to a country where Zika is spreading should take precautions to protect their sexual partner upon returning home – regardless of gender.
The newest case documented by the CDC involves a New York City woman in her twenties who had sex with her boyfriend the day she returned from an unnamed country where Zika is locally transmitted.
She fell ill the next day, and a doctor’s visit and subsequent laboratory tests confirmed she’d been infected with the Zika virus. A week later, her boyfriend became sick as well. He, too, was diagnosed with a Zika infection based on laboratory tests.
He told health officials he had not traveled outside the United States recently, nor had he been bitten by a mosquito. He also said he’d had no other sexual partners in the crucial time period before his illness. He and his partner had engaged in a single episode of unprotected sex.