WHO advises eight weeks of safe sex after return from Zika areas

Pedestrians walk across a road next to an 18-metre pink condom covering the Obelisk situated in Sydney's Hyde ParkBy Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) – People returning from areas where the Zika virus is found should follow safe sex practices or abstain from sex for at least eight weeks rather than just four, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. The recommendation, which doubles the abstinence period the WHO had previously advised, comes after scientists found the virus lingers longer than previously thought in blood or other body fluids, spokesman Christian Lindmeier told a news briefing. If the male partner in a couple planning pregnancy has symptoms of the Zika virus, the period of safe abstinence should be six months, he added.

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