Interim guidance for health care providers caring for women of reproductive age with possible Zika Virus exposure

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Update: Interim Guidance for Health Care Providers Caring for Women of Reproductive Age with Possible Zika Virus Exposure 

CDC Update Interim Guidance March 2016

This guidance is an update of previous guidance U.S. health care providers caring for women of reproductive age with possible Zika virus exposure. The guidance is based on limited available data on persistence of Zika virus RNA in blood and semen. Women who have Zika virus disease should wait at least 8 weeks after symptom onset to attempt conception, and men with Zika virus disease should wait at least 6 months after symptom onset to attempt conception. The content includes ‘preconception counselling recommendations for women with possible exposure to Zika virus who do not reside in an area with active Zika virus transmission’, ‘preconception counselling recommendations for men with possible exposure to Zika virus who do not reside in an area with active Zika virus transmission’, ‘preconception counselling recommendations for women and their partners residing in areas with active Zika virus transmission’, ‘recommendations for testing of persons attempting conception’, ‘special considerations for women undergoing fertility treatment’, ‘updated recommendations for testing pregnant women with possible Zika virus exposure’.

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