New Study Finds Traces of COVID-19 in Semen
A new study found traces of COVID-19 in the semen of men infected with the virus.
Wait a minute! This adds another layer to the threat of COVID-19.
A new study coming out of China claims that researchers found traces of COVID-19 in the semen of men who had been infected with the virus, according to WIVB. THere's no proof yet that COVID-19 can be transmitted sexually, but it certainly raises the question! Six of the 38 men in the study had the virus in their semen, but it should be noted that four of the six were still infected and two were recovering.
Dr. Weiguo Zhao of the People’s Liberation Army General Hospital in Beijing lead the research study, which was published May 7 in the journal JAMA Network Open. According to Dr. Ryan Berglund, a urologist with the Cleveland Clinic’s Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute, the virus has also been found in stool and body fluids. To scientists, it’s not surprising that the virus was found in semen samples, since it’s also been found in stool and other body fluids, said Dr. Ryan Berglund, a urologist with the Cleveland Clinic’s Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute. Other virus, like Zika, have been found in semen.
“We know the virus is transmitted efficiently through the respiratory route and we have not seen any documented cases of sexual transmission, therefore this may not necessarily represent proof of sexual transmissibility via the male genital tract.” ~ Dr. Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in Baltimore via WIVB