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'No conclusive evidence'of Covid-19 in semen of patients

May 14. 2020
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By THE NATION

The Department of Disease Control (DDC) has said there has been no confirmed result in Thailand of Covid-19 virus being found in the semen of current or recovered patients.

“There is a study result in China claiming the Covid-19 virus has been found in the semen of male patients and recovered patients,” Dr Wirawat Manosutthi, a DDC medical adviser, said on Wednesday (May 13).

“The study does not conclude that Covid-19 can be sexually transmitted, as the experiment only used small samples and therefore required further study to confirm the result. They also did not say that the virus found was a viable one.

“Furthermore, there is no report of other breeds of coronavirus being sexually transmitted and there is also no report of finding Covid-19 virus in the semen of current or recovered patients in Thailand,” he added.

However, Wirawat said it was highly recommended to use a condom for sexual intercourse to prevent other sexually transmitted diseases including Aids.

“We also recommend avoiding sex or living in close proximity with recovered patients for at least 30 days since the symptoms show up, as Covid-19 virus can be transmitted via droplets from coughing and sneezing,” he added. “To prevent Covid-19 infection, make sure to keep a distance of 1.5 to two metres between persons, wear a face mask, and wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds each time with soap and water or 70 per cent alcohol gel.”

If you have any inquiry, contact DDC hotline at 1422.

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