Insect-borne illness the newest STI?

A recent study published in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases suggests that the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne illness, may be transmitted through sex. This would be the first case of an infection contracted from an insect that is transmissible through sexual intercourse, according to Fox News.

The study concerns the case of Brian Foy, a vector biologist at Colorado State University. He was also the study's author. While traveling in Senegal, Foy was bitten by a mosquito, and later diagnosed with the Zika virus.

He believes that he then transmitted the disease to his wife after having sex with her. Foy came down with the symptoms of the Zika virus, which included pain in his joints, headaches, fatigue and rashes, about five days after he returned to America in August of 2008. In September, his wife, Chilson Foy, experienced similar ailments.

While most sexually active individuals will probably not encounter the Zika virus in the bedroom, the most common sexually transmitted infections pose a threat to health. Wearing a condom every time you have sex is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of such infections.

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