Zika Travel Guidelines

Zika Travel Guidelines

By Lauren Walters on May 19, 2021

Although COVID is one of the worst pandemics in history, there are other common viruses to be wary of this summer. Let’s talk about the Zika virus; Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected mosquito and there is no vaccine or medicine for the virus. If you’re thinking of traveling this summer, consider the consequences it may have on your sperm donor reimbursement check.

Did you know you’re more likely to get infected with the Zika virus if you travel to a region with reported Zika cases? Cases of the Zika virus have been reported in several countries including the US. Before planning that trip to Mexico this Summer, double-check the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Zika travel information outlining all the countries where Zika is or was recently prevalent. View the CDC’s Zika Virus map.

The Zika virus may have serious repercussions affecting your sperm health. Zika is transmitted through sex and can cause birth defects in conceived offspring. If you travel outside of the US (a country outlined in light or dark purple in the CDC Zika map), you will be subject to a 6-month deferment period before being able to donate sperm.

Think twice before planning your summer vacation to make the most out of your sperm donor reimbursement! If you have any questions about the risk of the Zika virus or if you’re planning an international trip, please reach out to your donor coordinator for more sperm donor travel guidelines.


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