Awareness and concern over the Zika virus in relation to pregnancy seem to be about the same as last summer, given there is still no cure. Cases in North Carolina residents (without travel exposure to areas most widely affected by Zika) reported by the CDC remain low.
Our recommendations for couples trying to conceive are the same as last year:
- If living in or traveling to a known Zika area take steps to prevent mosquito bites.
- If a possible exposure has occurred, the female partner should wait a minimum of 8 weeks before trying to conceive.
In a prior blog post written by Dr. John Park, he states “Testing for Zika virus is complicated, not universally available and routine blood testing is not currently recommended. There is no test available to detect Zika in semen.”
For more information visit the CDC website.