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Don't have sex after Ebola recovery: Virus stays in semen for up to 3 months

27 October 2014, 9:57 am EDT By Vamien McKalin Tech Times
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Ebola is the hot topic on the lips of everyone across the world right now. Still, despite all the reported cases, we still do not know everything about the virus, one that has been around for decades. However, there is one thing many folks would like to know, that is whether or not direct sex can transmit the disease.

Let's face it; Ebola is nothing like HIV/AIDS. This thing will kill in just a matter of days if not treated properly. Folks can catch Ebola by just touching an infected person, or coming in contact with their bodily fluids. Basically, what we're saying is, don't have sex with a person who is showing signs of Ebola.

AIDS is different, because if a person is not showing signs of having the virus, sexual intercourse with this person would likely transmit the disease. As stated above, the signs have to be showing on or within the Ebola victim for the virus to be contracted by sexual activity.

However, there's something else important one should take note of. A person can catch Ebola from a former victim of the disease. Sounds odd? It is actually, though it does make sense nonetheless. You see, after an Ebola victim has recovered, the semen within the body of this person could still be carrying the disease.

So while a blood test might show that the virus is gone, it doesn't mean it is completely out of a person's system.

The World Health Organization has claimed that a lab worker who had contracted the virus, and recovered from it, had his semen tested, and it has shown that his semen had traces of the virus 61 days after he recovered. This is scary stuff, and something folks should be very aware of before having sex with a former Ebola victim.

Extended research has shown that the virus can live up to 3 months in semen, which means it is possible a man could infect his female companion up to weeks or months after recovering from the virus.

This is one crazy virus huh? We agree.

Because of the new findings, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is asking former Ebola victims to stay away from sex for up to 3 months, or risk passing on the virus to their partner.

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