A Chinese medical research team has disclosed that the deadly coronavirus pandemic may be sexually transmittable following the discovery of the infection traces in male patients’ semen samples.
It said that the existence of the virus in semen samples showed that the disease could be transmitted sexually from an infected person to a partner, and that the finding had opened up new possibilities for research on the global pandemic.
Research doctors at the Shangqiu Municipal Hospital revealed that initial studies had been carried out on male patients who had previously tested positive for the viral infection and that several of the tests had returned positive for coronavirus in semen samples.
The researchers, while speaking to newsmen in the country, confirmed that test results had shown that about 16 percent of the subjects carried traces of the viral infection in their semen which proved that there was a chance that the infection could be transmitted through sexual activity.
They said that though the results had come back positive only for a minority amongst the test subjects, it had started discussions on the possibility that the global pandemic could have another mode of transmission rather than that of being airborne as had been widely publicized.
According to the doctors, more research was needed to identify possible causative factors for the phenomenon as well as ascertain if the disease could be transmitted sexually.
“Further studies are required with respect to the detailed information about virus shedding, survival time and concentration in semen, if it could be proved, …that might be a critical part of the prevention, especially considering the fact that Sars-CoV-2 was detected in the semen of recovering patients”.