A study in China discovers traces of coronavirus in human sperm

WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:

  • Researchers in China have found hints of coronavirus on the semen of patients infected with the bug.
  • The study did not rule out, though, whether COVID-19 can be potentially transmitted through sexual activity.
  • An expert warned, however, that patients who just recovered from the virus should avoid sexual contact for at least 14 days, or until symptom has gone.

Scientists conducting new research in China was able to find some traces of COVID-19 in the semen of hospitalized patients infected with the virus, as per analysis published on Thursday.

The report, published in JAMA Network Open, said that researchers discovered coronavirus was existing in the sperm of at least six of 38 individuals who volunteered to provide samples for the study.

Out of the six patients, researchers spotted COVID-19 in semen from four males who are still severely diseased, while two patients are currently recovering from the infection.

While the virus was discovered to exist on the semen samples, the analysis did not conclude if COVID-19 can be contracted through sexual intercourse.

The study was performed with confined patients at the Shangqui Municipal hospital, a coronavirus treatment designated health care facility.

The authors of the research explained that the analysis was only confined into a sample of small scale, noting that there will be a short preceding study about its discovery.

The Associated Press reported that the recent findings did not seem to echo the research about 34 Chinese COVID-19 male patients printed last month in the paper, “Fertility and Sterility.”

The earlier study, conducted by Chinese and U.S. scientists, found no indication of the infection in sperms analyzed between eight days up to three months after having tested positive with coronavirus.

John Hotaling, research co-author, and an expert from the University of Utah confirmed to AP the latest study is comprised of severely infected patients.

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s immediate past president, Peter Schlegel, told AP that the recently concluded study is not yet to cause alarm. He noted, though, that it is highly recommended to avoid intimacy contact with the infected male until they are two weeks clear of coronavirus symptoms.

Source: The Hill

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