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WHO Warns that Ebola May be Transmitted Sexually | Urges Survivors & Their Partners to Seek Counselling

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued an interim advice on the possibility of Ebola Virus being sexually transmitted.

As a result, the organisation has directed all Ebola survivors and their sexual partners to receive counseling to guard against possible transmission of the disease.

This is contained in a statement made available by WHO to newsmen in Lagos on Saturday.

WHO stated:

The sexual transmission of the Ebola Virus from males to females is a strong possibility, but has not yet been proven; less probable, but theoretically possible. Studies have shown that Ebola virus can be isolated from semen up to 82 days after symptom onset.

A recent case investigation identified genetic material (RNA) from the virus by nucleic acid amplification tests (such as RT-PCR) 199 days after symptom onset.

This is well beyond the period of virus detecting ability in the blood of survivors and long after recovery from illness.

The detection of virus genetic material many months after symptom onset is assumed to reflect the continuing, or at least very recent, presence of live and potentially transmissible Ebola virus.

The WHO had directed all Ebola survivors and their sexual partners to receive counseling to guard against possible transmission of the disease.

More surveillance data and research are needed on the risks of sexual transmission and particularly on the prevalence of viable and transmissible virus in semen over time.

WHO recommends that, in the interim, all Ebola survivors and their sexual partners should receive counseling. This is to ensure safe sexual practices until their semen has twice tested negative; and survivors should be provided with condoms.

Ebola survivors and their sexual partners should either abstain from all types of sex or observe safe sex through correct and consistent condom use until their semen has twice tested negative.

Having tested negative, survivors can safely resume normal sexual practices without fear of Ebola virus transmission.

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3 Comments

  1. chi-e-z

    May 10, 2015 at 1:52 am

    I knew it I knew it those people wey create HIV started this Ebola outbreak too many similarities in how it attack as the body and even now the west is admitting HIV was a labarotory invented virus. which I’m suspecting they spread so rampant in southern africa to hurt the anti-apartheid movement like they devalued the currencies of surrounding countries that were helping S.A. anti-apartheid leaders. They see it didn’t reach W.A so they brought something more powerful. They want to kill off all afrricans oh ha this people never learn like that’ll ever be possible G-d wey make us go fight for us….on a non-conspiracy note… This wras probably meant to destroy naija but they thought twice about it. Let’s start handling education,healthcare, and tech sector in naija to become first in the world cause they bout to do us like Isreal and surround us with enemies… ok maybe not so non conspiracy after ell but I read and know my history if you watch history all the time like I do this would not seem so far-fetched honestly extingushing a type of people is European anglosaxon descendants historical method. -spain, england,even egypt et all look I’ve only ever seen a Native American once in this America their homeland oh.

    • chi-e-z

      May 10, 2015 at 1:54 am

      those nazi’s still experimenting oh

    • chinua

      May 11, 2015 at 5:40 am

      Hey, Are you Jewish? You did not spell out God. Just curious

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