Traces of the COVID-19 virus have been found in the semen of some severely infected men, raising the possibility that the virus might be sexually transmitted, a new study from China claims.
The six men included four who were still infected and two who were recovering, the researchers said.
CBS News reports indicated the study was led by Dr. Weiguo Zhao of the People’s Liberation Army General Hospital in Beijing, and findings were published May 7 in the journal JAMA Network Open.
Dr. Ryan Berglund, a urologist with the Cleveland Clinic’s Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute said it was not surprising that the virus was found in semen samples, since it’s also been found in stool and other body fluids.
Infectious viruses commonly are found in semen, withbeing one recent notable example.
The Chinese researchers noted that 27 different viruses have been detected in human semen.
However, Berglund and infectious disease experts warn that this does not constitute concrete evidence that COVID-19 can be sexually transmitted.