2020-10-21

Ebola virus can now be sexually transmitted

An Ebola survivor has passed on the disease through unprotected sex.

The man, who tested negative, transmitted the virus to a female partner, a genetic analysis revealed.

The New England Journal of Medicine revealed the Liberian woman  became ill with the disease and died in March. She is the first person known to contract the Ebola virus from sex.

Ebola is typically transmitted from direct contact with the blood or other bodily fluids. The disease has been known to linger in patients for some time after they’ve recovered — and survivors have been warned to avoid sexual contact in the weeks after being given the all clear.

However, Armand Sprecher, of Doctors Without Borders, said that sexual transmission remains a rare event.