Specialists analyzed the sperm of men with COVID-19 and 16 percent tested positive for the presence of the pathogen.
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Chinese researchers discovered that some patients recovering from SARSCov2 may have traces of the coronavirus in their sperm. Therefore, there is little likelihood that the pathogen will be sexually transmitted.
The study was conducted in the Shangqiu Municipal Hospital. There they examined 38 men who were treated for COVID-19 in January and February. The results showed that six of them, 16 percent, continued to test positive for the total virus.
This was reported in the magazine JAMA network opened“We have found that SARS-CoV-2 can be present in the sperm of patients with Covid-19 and can still be detected in the sperm of patients with recovery,” said Diangeng Li. Hospital researcher. “Even if the virus cannot replicate in the male reproductive system, it can persist, possibly due to the privileged immunity of the testicles,” he added.
Finding the virus in the sperm does not mean that it can be transmitted sexually, since finding evidence of the pathogen does not mean that it is necessarily infectious.
“If it could be shown that SARS-CoV-2 could be sexually transmitted in future studies, it could be a critical part of prevention,” he continued.
“Abstinence or condom use can be seen as a preventive measure for these patients, so avoiding contact with the patient’s saliva and blood may not be enough,” he concluded.