Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics

, Volume 33, Issue 9, pp 1255–1256 | Cite as

Semen as virus reservoir?

  • Walter D. Cardona MayaEmail author
  • Stefan S. Du Plessis
  • Paula A. Velilla
Letter to Editor

The recent Ebola outbreak prompted our group to perform a systematic literature search about semen and the Ebola virus. Of interest was the fact that the Ebola virus has been cultured from semen samples collected 2 and 3 months after disease onset, despite that the virus was cleared from the blood of these patients [1, 2, 3]. Based on this information, we advocate the evident need to avoid unprotected sexual intercourse for at least 3 months after clearance of the Ebola virus from the blood [4].

More recently, NEJM published two interesting papers regarding the Ebola virus and semen. In the first paper, the authors found that semen samples from Ebola virus disease (EVD) survivors remained positive for up to 9 months (272 days) after the onset of symptoms. However, the detection was done by quantitative RT-PCR, thereby indicating the presence of the virus but not whether it is infectious [5]. The second article is based on a case report regarding a 44-year-old woman infected with the...


Human Immunodeficiency Virus Sexual Intercourse Semen Sample Sexual Transmission Vaginal Intercourse 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Walter D. Cardona Maya
    • 1
    Email author
  • Stefan S. Du Plessis
    • 2
  • Paula A. Velilla
    • 3
  1. 1.Grupo Reproducción, Departamento de Microbiología y Parasitología, Facultad de MedicinaUniversidad de AntioquiaMedellínColombia
  2. 2.Division of Medical Physiology, Faculty of Medicine and Health SciencesStellenbosch UniversityTygerbergSouth Africa
  3. 3.Grupo de Inmunovirología, Departamento de Microbiología y Parasitología, Facultad de MedicinaUniversidad de AntioquiaMedellínColombia

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