Men’s Health Week, Father’s Day, and Zika Protection Messaging
Encourage men to take action to protect their partners and families from Zika if they are returning from an area with Zika. Future fathers should know that Zika can cause certain birth defects. Zika can be transmitted from a man with Zika to his sex partner, even if he does not have symptoms at the time or if his symptoms have gone away. Men should do what they can to give their baby a healthy start:
Prevent sexual transmission: If a man has traveled to an area with Zika, he should protect his pregnant partner and the health of their developing baby by using condoms every time they have sex or not having sex during the pregnancy.
Prevent mosquito bites: Take these steps for at least 3 weeks after returning from an area with Zika to help protect his family and community.
- Use EPA-registered insect repellent. Read the label and follow the directions.
- Cover his skin. Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants. For extra protection, wear permethrin treated clothing.
- Mosquito proof his home. Use screens on his windows and doors. Use air conditioning when available.
For more information, please see “Zika and Sex: Information for men who have recently visited areas with Zika and have pregnant partners” (Spanish) and “For Men: A Positive Zika Virus Test: What does it mean for me?” (Spanish).