Human semen can host different viruses

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What is semen?
Semen is a semi gelateneous fluid that is emitted from male reproductive tract and that contain spermatozoa/sperms in suspension of seminal fluids, which are capable of fertilizing female egg. Seminal fluids keep the sperm viable.

Can Viruses live in Semen?
It may seem strange, but yes, the viruses can live in semen. The question now is how many viruses can live in semen.
It’s more than what you might be thinking right now. At least 27 viruses can live in semen, and the number could be even more.

The study was recently conducted to find more  about human semen and the possibility of other viruses in human semen.
The researchers worked very hard in the process of finding out the possibility of other viruses. They reviewed 3,800 papers that were related to viruses and semen.

The findings from the research concluded that human semen is a safe haven for more than dozens of viruses. Unfortunately, these viruses often top the list of the world’s worst diseases.
Some of the worst diseases, such as HIV are found in semen. This was well-known before the study. However, some of the deadliest diseases that are very popular like Ebola, Zika, Mumps, and many other diseases were also found.

Can all these virus be transmitted through person to person contact?
In a research done,scientists discovered that the Zika virus can survive in semen for up to 6 months, people exposed to the disease-especially those hoping to have children-were horrified. It’s now known that the virus can be sexually transmitted up to 41 days.

READ ABOUT: Zika Virus : Structure, Epidemiology, Pathogenesis, Symptoms, Laboratory Diagnosis and Prevention

Now, a new meta-analysis has found that 26 other viruses can also live in human semen and go on to infect the bloodstream. Those include the viruses that cause Ebola, HIV, hepatitis B, and herpes.Though not all 27 viruses are capable of person-to-person transmission, they can have other serious consequences, like reducing fertility or increasing the risk of acquiring a sexually transmitted disease. Some of these viruses can even cause mutations in the DNA of sperm, which could then fertilize an egg and pass along the virus-induced mutations to future generations.

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