Zika Virus Can Be Transmitted Sexually From Women to Men
Doctors have known for some time that a man can spread the Zika virus to a woman through sex. Now officials have documented the first case in which a woman apparently infected a man through unprotected sexual intercourse.
The case occurred in New York City when a woman in her 20s returned from a trip to a country where Zika is spreading, according to a report released Friday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The woman, who was not identified, and a male partner had sex without a condom the day she returned home, according to the report.
After the woman developed Zika symptoms, she went to her doctor. Tests showed she was infected with the Zika virus. Her partner, who is also in his 20s, subsequently got sick and tested positive for the virus. He had not traveled outside the United States nor did he have other risk factors for Zika, such as having been bitten by a mosquito.