It’s Shocking How Little We Know About Ebola
Male Ebola survivors should either abstain from sex or use a condom for at least three months after recovering from the virus, according to public health authorities like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Incredibly, the advice is based on a single recorded case: One recovering Ebola patient shed the virus in his semen for 91 days. Researchers from Medellin, Colombia published a brief summary of all the research to date on Ebola and semen in the journal Reproductive Sciences. In total, there were only four studies from 1977 to 2007 with any data at all on Ebola and male reproductive health.
The four studies had information about a total of six male Ebola survivors who continued to shed the virus in their semen from a range of 40 to 91 days. There isn’t any evidence that someone has contracted Ebola by having unprotected sex with a male Ebola survivor. Still, despite the dearth of research on the subject, scientists are recommending that it’s better for Ebola survivors to be safe than sorry when it comes to their sexual health, and that of their partners.
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