Post # 1
I recently had this thought…I know it sounds crazy… but if Darling Husband are planning to TTC in a year or so (by which point Zika will probably be well across the US)….why not go to the places where Zika is active right now…risk getting Zika (my understanding is for adults the symptoms are mild)…but then have an immunity to it by the time you are ready to TTC? What are your guy’s thoughts on this?
I am by no means advocating this, or even saying that I would do this myself but it does cross my mind.
P.S. I am sure there will be great rates to travel to the affected countries right now.
Post # 2
It’s the poor man’s vaccine! Yes in theory it would work. Once the virus is out of your system (a few days to a couple of weeks) it can’t be passed on to a fetus from what I’ve read on every medical site. Every site I’ve seen also said once you get it you should have protection from getting it again. However I’m not sure if that protection would automatically apply to a fetus. The Zika virus would still be in your bloodstream if you got bit again by an infected mosquito while pregnant even if your reaction to it would be minimal. But that doesn’t mean your fetus would not have a reaction to it as a first time virus introduction. So clearly this is not a good idea. I felt like that went without saying though.
Post # 3
I’m not sure it works that way. Do you have any medical references to suggest your hypothesis would even work? Since I’m not in child baring years this is something I haven’t paid much attention to.
Post # 4
CDC states : “We do not know the risk to the infant if a woman is infected with Zika virus while she is pregnant. Zika virus usually remains in the blood of an infected person for only a few days to a week. The virus will not cause infections in an infant that is conceived after the virus is cleared from the blood. There is currently no evidence that Zika virus infection poses a risk of birth defects in future pregnancies. A women contemplating pregnancy, who has recently recovered from Zika virus infection, should consult her healthcare provider after recovering.”
Post # 5
That’s an interesting thought, very out of the box, but like “readytobemommy” said, your baby would not have the same immunity built up that you have… So it’s really not a great idea.
Post # 6
I could be wrong – there has been so much fear mongering – but I think I read somewhere that the virus lingers in the man’s sperm?
The virus is confirmmed to be sexually transmittable.
Post # 7
This is a really dumb idea. Viruses mutate all the time, plus its related to dengue fever, which you can absolutely get twice.
Post # 8
tksjewelry: Yeah I read a few sites, and they all say simmilar things:
If a woman gets Zika and then becomes pregnant a few months later, can the virus still affect the fetus?
No, there’s no evidence that the virus persists after the acute stage of the illness is gone,
Post # 9
What if you go get zika deliberately, then a mosquito bites you or your husband? You’ve become the disease vector that could get another pregnant woman infected and devastate HER life. There’s no evidence of immunity forever, I would say not worth it. If you’re that stressed, use a beekeeper’s outfit/mosquito nets when aedus mosquitoes aree present in your area during your pregnancy.
I can see where you’re coming from and if it were an established disease and we were living before the 1950’s I would say it is worth a shot. But if your grandma or anyone you know with kids from that generation is still alive, ask them what they did about German Measles/Rubella before there was a vaccine… Chances are they didn’t go deliberately infect themselves as adults.
Post # 10
No, why would you get ill on purpose? Same as ‘chicken pox parties’ I’ve heard people do with their children so they get chicken pox ‘out of the way’ when they’re little. Yes these things are *usually* mild.. not always. Why take the chance on being the small % ? And they don’t know yet what effect it has on future pregnancies. They don’t know much about it at all.
Post # 11
I think catching any disease on purpose is a terrible idea.
ETA: Zika has been around for a long time. It has been devastating countries for a long time. There are no well established patterns in how it affects future fetuses, long-term immunity (barring the mutatation of the virus which happens often — look at the flu) or anything else. We just don’t know what kind of affects it has on people and fetuses, even after they’ve contracted and cleared the virus.
It’s a much more logical approach to simply not try to get pregnant while you’re infected or in an area where you can potentially be infected.