Is coronavirus sexually transmitted? Virus found in semen of patients and survivors: study

David Caplan
May 08, 2020 - 2:26 pm

    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Is coronavirus transmitted through sex? Well, based on the findings of a new study, it very well may be.

    Traces of coronavirus were found in the semen of some infected men participating in the study, conducted out of China's Shangqiu Municipal Hospital.

    The findings of the study have raised the eyebrows of researchers, who found traces of the virus in six out of 38 patients at the hospital.

    The six men included four who were still infected and two who were recovering.

    The findings were published Thursday in the journal JAMA Network Open.

    Dr. Ryan Berglund, a urologist with the Cleveland Clinic's Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute, told CBS News it's not too surprising. After all, he said, the virus has been found in other bodily fluids and in stool samples.

    Still, Berglund said don't jump to any conclusions yet.

    "I think that's premature," he said. "You have to look at this as a sign that semen, as along with a number of other body fluids, can contain the virus."

    Dr. Amesh Adalja of Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in Baltimore, also told CBS News, "the fact that the novel coronavirus' genetic material is found in the semen of male patients is an important finding that will need follow-up study."

    And Dr. Greg Poland, director of the Vaccine Research Group at the Mayo Clinic echoed those sentiments: "To me, it raises a warning, and now we have to attend to that warning and do the research," he said.