Coronavirus Found in Semen
There have been rumors about the longterm effects of coronavirus, including the suggestion that the virus has the potential to impact longterm sexual health in men. According to one article, the fears may be true.
In a report published in JAMA Network Open, a well respected medical journal, doctors at the Shangqiu Municipal Hospital in China conducted a small study and found the virus that causes COVID-19 can be found in semen.
In total, 38 men were hospitalized with laboratory confirmed virus and of those men - the virus was found in semen samples from six. Four of the tests subjects were still very sick, while the other two were in recovery.
In another study published last month by the journal Fertility and Sterility, U.S. and Chinese researchers found no evidence of corona in the semen samples of 34 Chinese men infected with the virus.
The contrasting results of the two studies call out the obvious need for more testing on the sexual health effects of coronavirus. Evidence shows that other infectious viruses including Zika and Ebola can be sexually transmitted.
It is known that the virus is found to be present in blood, feces and the tears of Covid-19 patients with inflammation in their eyes. This lead authorities to believe that coronavirus mainly spreads from droplets produced when infected people cough, which are then inhaled by people nearby.
Without longterm observation, researchers are unable to say how long the virus remains in semen or if sexual transmission is possible. Until more is known, doctors recommend avoiding sexual contact with men until they have shown no symptoms for 14 days.