PTF: “COVID-19 cannot be contracted through sex”


The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on coronavirus on Wednesday declared that the virus could not be contracted through sex, as there was no scientific proof  as of now  that the infection was sexually transmissible

The national coordinator of the task force, Sani Aliyu  made this known at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) daily briefing.

He stated that, although the world was still in the early days of the disease, no research had proven that it could be transmitted through sex.

”At the moment, there is no evidence of sexual transmission when it comes to COVID-19, but of course, we are still in the early days of the disease.

“The same thing happened in the case of Ebola when subsequently it was proven that it was sexually transmissible,” he said.

The Presidential Task Force coordinator’s statement came days after the Minister of Health, Prof Osagie Ehanire, said there was a high possibility of the virus being transmitted sexually, adding that,” If a person is positive, the virus can be transmitted sexually,”

The coordinator  noted that the disease was still in its early stage hence too early to conclude if it could be transmitted through sex.

He cited tests carried out on some women who had tested positive for coronavirus, but whose genital secretions tested negative for the virus.

”There was a small test case series of ten women who had severe COVID-19 and genital secretions were negative of the virus. I think it’s still in the early days, I’ll just say, watch this space,” he said.

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