Interim guidance for preconception counseling and prevention of sexual transmission of Zika Virus for persons with possible Zika Virus exposure

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Update: Interim Guidance for Preconception Counselling and Prevention of Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus for Persons with Possible Zika Virus Exposure

CDC Interim Guidance October 2016

This guidance is intended for persons with possible Zika virus exposure who are planning to conceive and interim guidance to prevent transmission of Zika virus through sexual contact. The update was produced to combine previous guidance into one document. Based on new, though limited data, CDC now recommends that all men with possible Zika virus exposure who are considering attempting conception with their partner, regardless of symptom status, wait to conceive until at least 6 months after symptom onset (if symptomatic) or last possible Zika virus exposure (if asymptomatic). Women with possible Zika virus exposure are recommended to wait to conceive until at least 8 weeks after symptom onset (if symptomatic) or last possible Zika virus exposure (if asymptomatic). The content includes guidance for ‘couples planning to conceive who do not live in areas with active Zika virus transmission’, ‘couples who want to conceive, in which one or both partners live in areas with active Zika virus transmission’, ‘special considerations for women undergoing fertility treatment’, ‘couples who are not pregnant and are not planning to become pregnant in the near future’, ‘for pregnant women and their partners’ and ‘Zika virus testing’.

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