Potential sexual transmission of Zika virus

Emerg Infect Dis. 2015 Feb;21(2):359-61. doi: 10.3201/eid2102.141363.


In December 2013, during a Zika virus (ZIKV) outbreak in French Polynesia, a patient in Tahiti sought treatment for hematospermia, and ZIKV was isolated from his semen. ZIKV transmission by sexual intercourse has been previously suspected. This observation supports the possibility that ZIKV could be transmitted sexually.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Disease Outbreaks
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Polynesia / epidemiology
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Viral* / epidemiology
  • Zika Virus / genetics
  • Zika Virus / isolation & purification*
  • Zika Virus Infection / epidemiology
  • Zika Virus Infection / transmission*
  • Zika Virus Infection / virology*