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HFEA Zika virus guidance - current status as of July 2019

Zika Update

Patients or donors who have travelled or are planning to travel should speak to their clinic for possible Zika risk depending on the country they have travelled to/ are travelling to.

Travellers returning from affected areas should consider the following guidance to minimise the risk of Zika virus transmission:

  • Female traveller, symptomatic or asymptomatic, should not try to conceive naturally, donate gametes or proceed with fertility treatment for 2 months.
  • Male traveller, symptomatic or asymptomatic, should not try to conceive naturally, donate gametes or proceed with fertility treatment for 3 months.

Sperm donors who have been infected with Zika virus should be deferred from donation for three months unless the semen tests negative for Zika virus RNA by nucleic acid testing (NAT). Asymptomatic sperm donors should be deferred for three months after return unless the semen tests negative for Zika virus by NAT.

Public Health England guidance may also be helpful for patients and donors to refer to.

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Publication date: 5 July 2019

Review date: 5 July 2021

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