(Closed) Is it OK it to travel to Zika areas for our honeymoon if not TTC for 2 yrs?

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Helper bee

I’m not too familiar with the particularities of Zika, but based on the information you provided, I don’t see an issue. 

Fiance and I are also going to wait to have children (maybe like 4-5 years lol) so we’re not too worried about it. I would just go by what the CDC says and go from there. 

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Talk to your doctor. What I read from CDC was that it can last in women for up to 3 months, not 2 and men up to 6 months in their system. Im sure you will be fine if you use both forms of protection and use lots of bug spray with DEET. If you are very worried, see your doctor when you return from your honeymoon if you experience symptoms.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

Just to correct a PP: CDC says 8 weeks for women, 6 months for men.. IF there are symptoms.

if not 8 weeks for either.

https://www.cdc.gov/zika/pregnancy/women-and-their-partners.html

The same goes for blood donation, which is obviously very careful about these things since pregnant women sometimes do need blood…

Long term?  If you get Zika now, then once its out of your system you are most likely immune. The problem with this method is its very hard to tell if someone’s had Zika, so you can’t rely on this as a form of vaccination, and apparently its never been proven that you can become immune to Zika. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

 

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amanda1988 :  I swear I read 12 weeks… glad its 8 though!

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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

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zelda1987 :  I’m sure they’ve changed it a few times as they get more information.

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nowthisistaken :  Yeah, I mean in the end because of the lack of information it comes down to your and your hubbys personal opinions (and perhaps that of your doctor).

I personally am fine with simply following CDC guidelines, but obviously this is at the risk that the CDC is wrong and there is more to Zika than its transmission from mother to fetus while the virus is active.

I personally think it’s a very small risk, based on Zika research I’ve read and my general faith in the CDC–but how you feel about the research and the CDC is up to you. If you haven’t read all the research, and don’t have free access to peer reviewed journals, talk to your doctor who is more likely to have.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

They keep changing it. And since it hasn’t even been an issue for that long, there’s no research on the long term effects. Personally I don’t think there is any reason to take the risk if you can avoid it, but yes I am sure you’ll be fine.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I wouldn’t worry about it.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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nowthisistaken : I may be in the minority but I think the whole “well WE aren’t going to TTC for x amount of time so we don’t need to worry” mindset is kind of selfish. It isn’t just about when you’re going to TTC – if you go to the Caribbean, contract zika, and come back to the US with your infected body then you’re risking spreading it to people here who may be TTC or infants or elderly or whatever. I don’t think anyone should be traveling to zika infested areas right now unless absolutely necessary. 

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Busy bee

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carolinabelle :  

Lol unless she’s having sex with the elderly or people who are TTC, or anyone else, there’s no risk in infecting others…unless the mosquito who bites her also comes back home in her suitcase and lays eggs/bites other people.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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califlorican :  a stateside mosquito could bite her and then have the disease to pass on. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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carolinabelle :  Yup. That’s why there was some opposition to moving forward with the Olympics in Rio this year. Although, if the OP lives in an area that does not have the 2 types of mosquitoes that transmit Zika, this would be less of an issue. I definitely wouldn’t want to be patient zero for a Zika outbreak. But, if she lives in North Dakota (for example) and has no plans to travel outside of her home state after the honeymoon, she may be in the clear as far as that goes.  

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califlorican :  Zika is a vector borne disease that can also be transmitted sexually or to a fetus during pregnancy. It’s not strictly a STD. When an infected person is bitten by one of the two types of mosquitoes that carry Zika, that new mosquito can become a vector spreading the disease to others. The previous poster raised a valid point, although obviously everyone is entitled to make their own ethical judgments about it. 

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