Same-sex sexually transmitted Zika — it’s the same case, not a new one

Posted on 15 Apr 2016 at 9:55am

Mosquito_rdax_400x277In February, Dallas Voice reported the first sexually transmitted case of Zika case in the U.S., which occurred in Dallas. News outlets around the country are now reporting a case of Zika in Dallas that was spread by sexual contact between a same-sex couple.

This isn’t a new case, people. It’s the same one.

That the couple was a male same-sex couple wasn’t released at the time as much to protect the couple’s privacy as to make all couples take note.

Dallas health officials were afraid opposite-sex couples would ignore the warning about sexually spread Zika if they announced the couple was same-sex, especially since opposite-sex couples have more to worry about. You know. Like AIDS. Oh, it only affects “those” kind of people.

But Zika is more of a concern to opposite-sex couples, especially if the woman gets pregnant. A pregnant woman who contracts Zika is likely to have a child with birth defects.

Others will have flu-like symptoms or no symptoms and recover. Much more rarely, some may develop Guillain-Barre, which may lead to paralysis.

The Dallas couple developed Zika after one of the men traveled to South America and was bitten by an infected mosquito. When he returned home, he passed the virus to his partner.

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