According to World Health Organization, Ebola virus disease, previously known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is a severe and fatal illness in humans. The Ebola virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human through human-to-human transmission. WHO also added that the average EVD case fatality rate is around 50%.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control this weekend changed its guidelines to encourage Ebola patients to abstain from sex or always use condoms to prevent transmission, even after recovery.
As what the health organization said, scientists are studying the Ebola virus at this time whether it can be transmitted through sexual intercourse and since it cannot be ruled out yet, the patients should practice caution and be sexually careful.
“Those who do have sex should use a condom correctly and consistently every time they have sex,” as stated in the official website of CDC.
It has been reported by The New York Times that the recommendation comes on the heels of similar statements from the World Health Organization and the government of Liberia. The said recommendation was raised after the girlfriend of a Liberian man who had the Ebola virus disease also got the virus months later.
The semen of the Liberian man was studied and the researchers have identified that the virus found in the woman has the same genetic sequence of the virus that was also found in the man’s semen. It was 175 days after the man first developed symptoms and that was 74 days longer than the virus has been detected in a survivor previously.
This is the reason why CDC and other health organizations suggest abstinence or the use of condoms during sexual activity. This is not to limit the sexual desires of the people who got the Ebola virus but to stop the transmission of the virus and protect the community people.