Chinese scientists confirmed that the coronavirus can be transmitted sexually. About it reports Reuters, citing a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

On a new path of transmission indicated by the data obtained in the result of testing male patients in the city hospital of Shangqiu (China). In the sperm of six of the 38 patients — or 16 percent — had traces of SARS-CoV-2. Experts said that patients was doing, but apparently was still contagious.

Previously, doctors have assumed that agents COVID-19 can be in semen, as was the case with Zeke cause fever or Ebola viruses. However, early tests 12 affected males showed negative for SARS-CoV-2 in semen samples.

Scientists say that the tests were conducted in a small group of people, so the real data can change. In addition, it is not known whether located in the semen of pathogens coronavirus to attack the body of another person through sexual contact. “The impact of SARS-CoV-2 on men’s health could dramatically change the prevention of the disease”, — quotes the words of experts the Agency.

According to the conclusion of physicians, it is necessary not only to conduct large studies on this topic, but to figure out how COVID-19 can affect the reproductive system of the patients in the long term.