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Mar 2, 2016 5:16 PM

Zika virus and sex: How you can protect yourself


CONCORD - The zika virus and sex… what's the connection?

New Hampshire’s first confirmed case of zika was sexually transmitted.

Men showing symptoms are the only ones thus far known to have sexually transmitted the virus, so if your male partner has traveled to an area of the world where zika is running rapid, then it's necessary you take precautions.

It is critical that a condom be properly used every time you have sex, while not having sex is the best way to ensure non-transmission.

It is unknown at this time if a woman can transmit zika virus to sex partners, where there are tests (not widely available) to detect zika only in semen.

Some reports have shown zika being transmitted through blood transfusions, and the FDA has issued guidelines to protect blood supply.

Blood banks in areas where zikia is commonly found such as Puerto rico and the Virgin Islands, are being urged to import blood to the extent where even people who have just traveled to these areas are being asked to delay blood donation for at least a month.

Doctors say the zika virus does not appear to remain in a person's system for too long term.

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