WHO strengthens safe sex guidance when returning from Zika zones

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Geneva | Published: September 6, 2016 10:01:46 PM

The guidance is a change from the WHO's interim recommendation on June 7, which referred only to men and had a shorter timeframe of at least 8 weeks.

The guidance is a change from the WHO's interim recommendation on June 7, which referred only to men and had a shorter timeframe of at least 8 weeks. (Reuters)The guidance is a change from the WHO’s interim recommendation on June 7, which referred only to men and had a shorter timeframe of at least 8 weeks. (Reuters)

The World Health Organization said on Tuesday that men and women returning from areas where the Zika virus is actively spreading should practice safer sex or abstinence for 6 months, regardless of whether they are trying to conceive or showing symptoms.

The guidance is a change from the WHO’s interim recommendation on June 7, which referred only to men and had a shorter timeframe of at least 8 weeks.

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