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Men Who Visit Zika-Affected Areas Should Use Condoms, Consider Sexual Abstinence, Especially With Pregnant Partners, CDC Says

News outlets report on the CDC’s Interim Guidelines for Prevention of Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus — United States, 2016.

Associated Press: CDC: Men who were in Zika areas should use condoms
“U.S. health officials issued guidelines Friday to prevent the sexual transmission of the Zika virus, telling men who have been to outbreak areas to use condoms during sex with pregnant women. The guidance also suggests the men might consider abstaining or using condoms even with a partner who isn’t pregnant. It doesn’t recommend that men without symptoms be tested for the virus…” (Stobbe, 2/5).

CNN: CDC issues new safe-sex guidelines around Zika virus
“…While saying that the situation with Zika is ‘evolving rapidly’ and that much had been learned in just the past two weeks, CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden stressed in a news briefing that the primary concern with Zika at this time is protecting pregnant women and their unborn babies from a neurological disorder known as microcephaly…” (LaMotte/Pearson, 2/5).

The Hill: CDC steps up warnings about sexual transmission of Zika virus
“…Little is known about the link between the virus and a birth defect called microcephaly — something that CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said is a priority for national and global research…” (Ferris, 2/5).

Washington Post: CDC’s advice on Zika: You may need to consider avoiding sex
“…Mosquitoes remain the primary way Zika is spread, and preventing bites is the best way to avoid infection. But the CDC said it was issuing the interim recommendations to stop sexual transmission, however rare, because of concerns over Zika’s potential link to birth defects…” (Sun/Miroff, 2/5).

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