What is it about?

We aimed to evaluate whether SARS-Cov-2 can be isolated in vagina of the patients who has Covid infection in respiratory system. In some studies, SARS-CoV-2 has been detected in testicular tissue, urine, and faeces. We wanted to determine whether SARS-CoV-2 infects the vagina of non-preg- nant women of reproductive age diagnosed with COVID-19 pneumonia.

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Why is it important?

There is very limited knowledge on genital isolation of Covid virus. Isolation of a virus in female genital system can be an important knowledge for understanding vertical infection risk and also sexual transmission risk.


We did not identified SARS-Cov-2 virus in the vagina of women who were diagnosed with Covid pneumonia. It seems, SARS-Cov-2 can not be transmitted via sexual intercourse. Additionally, SARS-Cov-2 can not be vertically transmitted from mother to newborn through the vaginal delivery.

Ozguc Takmaz
Acibadem Universitesi

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This page is a summary of: Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is not detected in the vagina: A prospective study, PLoS ONE, September 2021, PLOS, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0253072.
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