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August 8: Zika Topic of the Week


“Zika Topic of the Week” is a coordinated communication approach to highlight a simple prevention message each week. The prevention message will be featured on the homepage, throughout the Zika website, and through social media. Social media messages will be developed for release during the week. The messages will be shared with our partners to encourage them to post for their audiences. When possible, the Zika prevention message will intersect with an established communication plan (i.e., Summer Olympics).

Week of August 8:
Protect Your Partners from Zika!

Zika can be spread by a person with Zika to his/her sex partners. Learn more about Zika and sex.
Although Zika is primarily spread through mosquitoes, it can also be passed through sex from a person who has Zika to his or her sex partners, even if the infected person does not have symptoms at the time or if their symptoms have gone away. Condoms (and other barriers to protect against infection) can reduce the chance of getting Zika from sex.

This is especially important if the infected person has a pregnant sex partner, because Zika can cause serious birth defects. Learn more about how to prevent sexually transmitted Zika here and help us spread the message that all travelers coming from an area with Zika can take steps to protect their partners and families from Zika.

Download the CDC Zika Widget for your website:
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Sample social media to help spread the word:


• If you’ve recently traveled to an area with Zika & developed symptoms, you can protect your sex partner(s) by using condoms or not having sex. Men: Take these precautions for at least 6 months after symptoms started. Women: Take these precautions for at least 8 weeks after symptoms started. Learn more:  

• Zika infection during pregnancy can cause birth defects. Protect against Zika. Use condoms or don’t have sex for the rest of your pregnancy if you partner has been in an area with Zika. Learn more:  


• Bring home souvenirs, not Zika. Wear mosquito repellent and use condoms during & after travel to an area with #Zika. Learn more:  

• If you’re a #parent or will be soon, learn about #Zika & how to protect your family  

• Recently traveled to area w/#Zika? Condoms can reduce the risk of passing Zika through sex  


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