COCA Now: Updated Guidance for Timing of Pregnancy after Zika Exposure

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Updated Guidance for Timing of Pregnancy after Zika Exposure

Pregnancy

CDC now recommends that men with possible Zika virus exposure who are planning to conceive with their partner wait at least 3 months after symptoms or possible exposure (travel to or residence in an area with risk of Zika). This shortened timeframe also applies for men who are not planning to conceive with their partners but who want to prevent passing Zika virus through sex. These updated recommendations, published in MMWR, are based on emerging data, which suggest that risk of infectious Zika virus in semen appears to decline substantially during the 3 months after onset of symptoms.

All other Zika guidance remains unchanged. Men with possible Zika virus exposure whose partner is pregnant should use condoms or the couple should not have sex for the entire pregnancy to reduce the risk of transmission. CDC continues to evaluate all available evidence and will continue to update recommendations as new information becomes available.

For more information about Zika virus and pregnancy, visit https://www.cdc.gov/pregnancy/zika/.

For more information about CDC’s guidance on care of infants and children born to mothers with possible Zika virus infections during pregnancy, visit https://www.cdc.gov/pregnancy/zika/testing-follow-up/infants-children.html.

For resources and tools to help track your child’s development, visit https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones/.

For information on CDC’s guidance for women and their partners trying to become pregnant after possible Zika virus exposure, visit https://www.cdc.gov/pregnancy/zika/women-and-their-partners.html