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Does SARS-CoV-2 be sexually transmitted?

Experts are still unclear as to whether the new strain of coronavirus can be sexually transmitted through contact with semen.

After SARS-CoV-2 enters the human body, it appears to reach sites beyond the lungs. The evidence is that it has been found in the kidneys, heart, liver and gastrointestinal tract of infected people and now, researchers continue to detect viruses that appear in the patient’s semen.

The findings, published in JAMA Network Open, say this information does not mean there is not enough evidence to confirm that a virus can be sexually transmitted through contact with semen.

The study involved 38 men in Shangqiu, China, who tested positive for Covid-19 and were experiencing symptoms of the disease or have recently recovered. Participants provided semen samples and doctors analyzed the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that caused Covid-19.

Researchers found SARS-CoV-2 in sperm from six participants, or about 16%. Of these, four patients currently have symptoms of the disease and two have recently recovered.

It is unclear how long the virus will remain in semen, as study participants still showed symptoms of Covid-19 or have only recently recovered. Two recovered patients who had a positive sample of SARS-CoV-2 had only good progress in the two to three days before they sampled.

However, experts also warn that the transmission of Covid-19 during sex seems to be more likely to occur through close contact and inhalation of respiratory droplets, rather than through semen.

According to Live Science

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