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Can Zika virus be spread through sexual transmission?

Zika virus can be spread from a recently infected man or woman through sexual contact. Anyone who tests positive for Zika infection is counseled about measures to prevent sexual transmission. Men and women with pregnant sex partners should use condoms and other barriers consistently and correctly every time they have sex or refrain from having sex during the pregnancy.

It’s important for anyone who has traveled to an area with Zika to follow CDC’s guidance to prevent sexual transmission of Zika, even if they don’t feel sick. Many people who are infected don’t have any symptoms, so an infected individual could unknowingly spread the virus.