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Can COVID-19 spread via sexual intercourse? While doctors suggest that coming close to your partner is a cause of concern, researchers claim Covid-19 doesn’t spread via sperms.
A study published in the journal of Fertility and Sterility in April claims that Covid-19 doesn’t spread via sperm. In fact the co-author of the study, James M Hotaling from the University of Utah, US, said: “The fact that in this small, preliminary study that it appears the virus that causes covid-19 doesn’t show up in the testes or semen could be an important finding.”
However, another study recently published in the prestigious journal JAMA Network Open-has found that sperms can transmit the Covid-19 virus.
What the new research says
Carried out by doctors at China’s Shangqiu Municipal Hospital, the study examined 38 men hospitalised with Covid-19. They found traces of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the semen samples of six of them.
As the debate on this infectious disease spreading via sexual transmission begins again, the researchers call for further examination of their findings.
“Further studies are required with respect to the detailed information about virus shedding, survival time and concentration in semen,” the researchers wrote in the journal.
“If it could be proved that SARS-CoV-2 can be transmitted sexually … (that) might be a critical part of the prevention, especially considering the fact that SARS-CoV-2 was detected in the semen of recovering patients,” they added. Allan Pacey, a professor of andrology at Britain’s Sheffield University, also suggests that we should not take this study to be the final word on the matter because of insufficient research and technical limitations.
“However, we should not be surprised if the virus which causes Covid-19 is found in the semen of some men, since this has been shown with many other viruses such as Ebola and Zika,” he added.