US Launches ‘Comdom Campaign’ To Prevent Sexual Transmission Of Zika

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This time you land in the US, do not be taken aback if you receive a condom as a complimentary. Handing out free condoms to travelers is one alternative solution that public health experts have come up with, to reduce the spread of Zika virus. Health experts believe the condom campaign will make people aware of the new anti-Zika guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The guidelines, released last week, encourage men after returning from high-risk countries to consider regularly using condoms in the US. The CDC aims to prevent sexual transmission of Zika in the country, according to CNN. “We could make condoms freely available at airports to everyone coming in from those areas,” said Dr William Schaffner, medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and a liaison representative to the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. According to the CDC, 273 Zika cases were reported in the US since January 2015. All these cases are travel-associated infections.Like us on Facebook Zika Myth Debunked: It Does Not Spread Through Cough To gauge the awareness on Zika, researchers at Harvard University conducted a survey with 1,275 adults earlier in March and found that 40 percent of Americans did not know Zika could be transmitted sexually, reports Parent Herald. One-third of the respondents thought the virus could be spread through coughs and sneezes. This led other health experts to give the green light for the current condom campaign. However, there are public health officials who have fair amount of doubt in the condom campaign, according to CNN. Dr Donald Thea, a professor of global health at the Boston University School of Public Health, doubts the effectiveness of handing out condoms at airports to prevent Zika. Dr Hunter Handsfield, professor emeritus of medicine at the University of Washington Center for AIDS and STD, points out that the campaign is expensive and travelers coming to the US on ship or automobile will continue to pose Zika risk. Photo Source: Youtube, Wikipedia