Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Role of Sex in Spreading Zika Raises New Worry

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Role of Sex in Spreading Zika Raises New Worry

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WASHINGTON - Dating during the Zika crisis has added another dimension to the sex lives of Miami millennials, who lament that they now must deal with the "latest STD."

They're confronting it with fear, anger, defiance - and a bit of humor.

After authorities discovered 14 cases of Zika in his Wynwood neighborhood last week - a tally that has since climbed - Petie Pizarro, 28, sought to make the most of the crisis that brought planes spraying pesticides over his condo. He cited the ensuing drama in a pickup line on the popular Tinder dating app. A friend, noting the app's reputation as a hookup site, texted him: "Everyone has to wrap it up and be careful." Mr. Pizarro said he's always careful.

As of Friday, there were 28 known cases of Zika in South Florida, nearly all stem from Wynwood.

It's unclear how big a factor sexual transmission is in the spread of the virus that causes neurological disorders in newborns. But the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising pregnant women, millennials and same-sex couples that mosquitoes are not the only carriers. …

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