Deputy-DG: Virus can't spread through sex
The Malaysian Health Ministry has recently dispelled fears that the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus can be transmitted through sexual acts.

But hang on. I thought that the most likely cause of spreading the disease is via infected droplets. I think if you are infected and you kiss someone then that someone has a very high chance of getting the disease as well.

And now it has been shown that the virus can survive for hours exposed to the air, it must also mean that if, for some reason, it's on your fingers, and you touch someone's hand and then they put their hand in their mouth... well, you see where I'm getting at.

Perhaps sexual intercourse by itself, without any of the accompanying foreplay, has a very low chance of transmission (which I find hard to believe too), but I'd hate to think that husbands and wives of officers in the Health Ministry lead extremely unfulfilled sex lives.
posted on Saturday, May 10, 2003 - permalink
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