A new study has shown that some of the male patients treated for the ebola virus may still carry the virus nine months after onset of symptoms.
The study which involved over 18 people in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone which were the hardest hit areas was published on Tuesday by the New England Journal of Medicine.
According to the research, male survivors need appropriate education, counseling and regular testing to determine whether the Ebola virus is still in their semen.
It further suggests that the survivors need continued and substantial support for the next 6 to 12 months after their treatment in order to meet the challenges and risks they pose to others.
About ninety three men over the age of 18 from Freetown, Sierra Leone, provided a semen sample that was tested to detect the presence of Ebola virus genetic material.
The men enrolled in the study between two and 10 months after their illness started.
Of the 18 men involved in the study, all were positive in the first three months of their illness, which makes it even more challenging to track especially for those who were treated from remote villages of the countries.
According to Dr Sprecher, the first sexual transmission of a virus within the Ebola family was documented in 1967 when a woman was infected with Marburg virus through sex with her husband, six weeks after he recovered.