Is Covid in Semen? Can You Catch Covid From Sex

  1. Sex transmission of COVID-19 the SARS-2 virus has more to do with close enough that you are breathing and kissing, and therefore exchanging droplets of breath that would contain virus from someone who is actively infected. But other fluids from an infected individual may have the virus, including tears and semen.
  2. A virus infects your body by entering healthy cells. There, the invader makes copies of itself and multiplies throughout your body. The COVID-19 virus latches its spiky surface proteins to receptors on healthy cells, especially those in your lungs. But the virus can attach to other cells as well.
  3. Once inside, the coronavirus hijacks healthy cells and takes command. We know that one of the ways COVID infects is by attaching to a specific protein called angiotensin converting enzyme 2. This protein is the main cell entry target of SARS-CoV-2-is predominantly enriched in spermatogonia, as well as the specialized Leydig and Sertoli cells of the testicles, which suggests the potential vulnerability of the male reproductive system to SARS-CoV-2 infection.
  4. Men actively infected with COVID may have hormone issues like low testosterone, or semen production problems, and thus have problems with infertility.
  5. However, mild COVID-19 infection is not likely to affect testis and epididymis function, whereas semen parameters did seem impaired after a moderate infection.
  6. Any problems with fertility or hormone levels in men from COVID is not permanent. SARS-CoV-2 RNA could not be detected in semen of recovered and acute COVID-19-positive men. This suggests no viral transmission during sexual contact and assisted reproductive techniques, although further data need to be obtained

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Suzanne Trupin, MD, Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and owner of Women's Health Practice, Hada Cosmetic Medicine, and Hatha Yoga and Fitness

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