What is the advice for men so they do not infect their partners?

Men who are infected with Zika can spread the virus to their sex partners, so it is important to take precautions. The advice is different, depending on whether a man has a confirmed Zika virus infection or has been exposed to the Zika virus and has symptoms, and whether his partner is pregnant.

  • Men with a confirmed Zika virus infection and men who have been exposed to Zika and have symptoms of Zika infection should not have sex with their partner if she is pregnant, for the remainder of the pregnancy. However, if they do have sex (vaginal intercourse, anal intercourse, or oral intercourse), it is very important that they use correctly use condoms until after the baby is delivered [source]. Go to this link for information on the correct use of condoms.
  • Men who live in or have traveled to an area where Zika infections are occurring but don’t have symptoms of Zika infection should not have sex with their partner if she is pregnant, for the remainder of the pregnancy. If their partner is not pregnant, then they should not have sex for at least 6 months after the exposure to Zika ended. However, if they do have sex (vaginal intercourse, anal intercourse, or oral intercourse), it is very important that they use correctly use condoms until after the baby is delivered [source]. Go to this link for information on the correct use of condoms.