CDC Zika Updated Recommendations
- Women with confirmed cases of the Zika virus or who have had symptoms of the virus should wait at least eight weeks after the start of their symptoms before trying to get pregnant
- Men with confirmed cases of the virus or who have had symptoms of the virus are now advised to wait at least six months after their symptoms begin before having unprotected sex.
- Women and men without symptoms who have travelled to or had sex with someone who has traveled to a Zika-infected area are now advised to wait at least eight weeks after possible exposure to the virus before the woman tries to become pregnant
- Men who have traveled to a Zika-infected area who have not had symptoms of the virus are now advised to abstain from sex or use a condom for at least eight weeks after returning from the area.
- Men who live in a Zika-infected area should use condoms or abstain from sex as long as the Zika virus is circulating there.
- Women and men who do not have the virus but who live in areas where the virus is being transmitted are now advised to talk with their health care providers about plans for pregnancy during the ongoing outbreak.
- The virus can remain in semen for as long as two months
- The guidelines apply to sexual intercourse, as well as oral and anal sex.