Sexually Transmitted Zika Highlights Brazil’s Rampant Inequality

On Friday, scientists detected Zika virus in both urine and saliva for the first time, classifying the virus in the bodily fluid samples as “active.” That means the fluid samples are capable of transmitting Zika. This finding, coupled with recent reports of a sexually transmitted Zika case in Texas, indicates that sexual contact may become a significant mode of transmission for the disease.

The conclusion bodes poorly for the most impoverished women in Brazil and other Latin American countries, where access to comprehensive sex education and reproductive care — including abortion — is spotty to nonexistent.

While Brazilian researchers cautioned that it was too soon to say whether the virus can be transmitted via urine or saliva, the U.

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