If you’re a woman or a couple trying to get pregnant, you should avoid visiting the Caribbean, Latin America and perhaps some other tropical places for a while, and there are a few other things you could do to avoid the Zika virus. And if you’re a woman who has a chance of becoming pregnant, avoid having sex with men who have been to those areas in the previous six months or so, advise two Darien Health Department officials who recently lent their expertise to the public in a presentation at Darien Library. (You can see a video of the discussion here and at the bottom of this article.)
For a woman who’s been to the Caribbean, Latin America or Tropics, wait a month before having sex with the possibility of getting pregnant, advised Dr. Caleb Moore, a physician in Stamford who is also the Health Department’s medical advisor. The reason this time period is shorter than for men: The virus, even if a woman does have it, doesn’t stay in women longer than that. But it can stay in different types of bodily fluids for different periods of time, and it might stay as long as six months in sperm, Moore said.