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Zika - any experiences with testing pre TTC?


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#1 gogoface

Posted 10 March 2018 - 09:35 PM

I've now been told different things by 2 doctors.

I travelled to Brazil and Peru in Feb but not high risk areas. Ive heard different things about wait times post potential exposure plus possible tests. Anyone been tested/know anything about this?

#2 Lineeyes

Posted 10 March 2018 - 10:37 PM

Have you had your full blood screen? It was about 5 vials and the Dr selected a number of items recommended if you are trying.

We travelled (& trekked) around Sth America and my husband got shingles while in Puerto Iguazu, I was lucky to be immune. Was recommended to get tested a month after return to check for other potential viruses...

#3 gogoface

Posted 10 March 2018 - 10:42 PM

Thanks Lineeyes. One doc told me there's no problem and no test available!? Guess I'll head back to a GP

#4 22Fruitmincepies

Posted 10 March 2018 - 10:59 PM

There is absolutely a test available. I’d get it for peace of mind. If you want, you can even call the pathology provider and ask them if they do the test, then you can ask for it with more certainty.

#5 Lineeyes

Posted 10 March 2018 - 11:04 PM

If you were in low risk areas like the main cities you should be fine and have nothing to worry about. We did a bit of trekking and in areas with lots of mozzies so the Dr suggested to get tested a month later if concerned. Even if you get a positive there’s nothing you can do :(

#6 22Fruitmincepies

Posted 10 March 2018 - 11:07 PM

View PostLineeyes, on 10 March 2018 - 11:04 PM, said:

If you were in low risk areas like the main cities you should be fine and have nothing to worry about. We did a bit of trekking and in areas with lots of mozzies so the Dr suggested to get tested a month later if concerned. Even if you get a positive there’s nothing you can do :(

You can then wait the recommended time before you start ttc. Or get on with things if you get the all clear.

#7 purplekitty

Posted 10 March 2018 - 11:17 PM

From the RANZCOG site.
It's from 2016,there doesn't seem to be a later update.

https://www.ranzcog....news/Zika-Virus

#8 Baby_steps

Posted 10 March 2018 - 11:28 PM

Check out the CDC ( USA health authority) info for more advice and also the WHO - both are more updated than RANZCOG. Having said that, their advice is super super conservative in my opinion. You may find difficulty being tested for Zika purely for preventative/prophylactic reasons. I say this because I have had professional experiences where the medics have refused testing for people without symptoms who had travelled to high risk areas. Speaking of which - how do you know you weren't in the high risk areas? The mosquito responsible for Zika is prevalent in areas below 6000feet (or something of the like) which basically means most of Brazil... however again the outbreak is certainly not as seriously as it was in 2015/16.
But the CDC and WHO will give good advice on the wait periods anyway. Hope this helps :)

#9 purplekitty

Posted 10 March 2018 - 11:53 PM

If you read the CDC pages there are limitations to the different Zika diagnostic tests.

On what basis do you characterise the protocols as 'super,super conservative'?

#10 Lily-bee

Posted 12 March 2018 - 12:03 PM

My sister has been told by her fertility specialist that its 3 months for females and 6 months for males as the virus can lie dormant for that period of time.

She is planning on traveling to SE Asia next month.

#11 gogoface

Posted 12 March 2018 - 12:13 PM

View PostLineeyes, on 10 March 2018 - 11:04 PM, said:

IEven if you get a positive there’s nothing you can do Posted Image

View Post22Fruitmincepies, on 10 March 2018 - 11:07 PM, said:

You can then wait the recommended time before you start ttc. Or get on with things if you get the all clear.

View PostLily-bee, on 12 March 2018 - 12:03 PM, said:

My sister has been told by her fertility specialist that its 3 months for females and 6 months for males as the virus can lie dormant for that period of time.

^Yeah I feel like this is where I'm getting conflicting info. So many docs and resources saying different things.

View PostBaby_steps, on 10 March 2018 - 11:28 PM, said:

Speaking of which - how do you know you weren't in the high risk areas? The mosquito responsible for Zika is prevalent in areas below 6000feet (or something of the like) which basically means most of Brazil...

I was in the mountains in Peru (so above that height) and then in Brazil I was only in Rio (during summer) and Jericoacoara, which is right on the beach (less mossies, though probably the highest risk of the three places)

Thanks for the resources ladies, I'll look through the CDC stuff and try and bully my way into a blood test for peace of mind.

#12 gogoface

Posted 12 March 2018 - 12:16 PM

Addendum:

I was sort of concerned as while I didn't get any noticeable mossie bites, and didn't go to higher risk areas, my friend I traveled with for awhile did - he then got sick, and passed it on to all of us. HOWEVER, have just read the virus can only be passed human to human via sex, so that's comforting. Deffo didn't boff him.

#13 gogoface

Posted 14 March 2018 - 10:40 PM

Got the blood test today. Just have to wait a week for the results. Doc said incredibly low chance of issues but peace of mind is key here I guess!

#14 furbaby84

Posted 16 March 2018 - 12:04 PM


Thought I'd just post for future users: I just went through this exact process as my husband & I just returned from Cuba, Mexico & other affected Central American countries. Even if you’re asymptomatic you can get tested. Most GP’s won’t know much about it, so ask for a Zika serology test (outsourced to a Brisbane lab) and get them to tick Medicare/bukbilled so they don’t charge you anything. Push for it because we were told there is no test! But there is!


For women, if you are infected, it will be out of your system after 2 months. For men it can remain in semen for up to 6 months (which is why we both got tested). You can get tested 2 weeks after you return home as it takes that long to show. Just be aware that not a lot is known about the disease, so the test are not 100% accurate and can still give false positives & negatives, but the chances of you being infected and then getting a false negative are so low that you’re probably more at risk of vitamin deficiencies! Its more just to give you peace of mind. Hope this helps!


#15 gogoface

Posted 16 March 2018 - 03:01 PM

View Postfurbaby84, on 16 March 2018 - 12:04 PM, said:


Thought I'd just post for future users: I just went through this exact process as my husband & I just returned from Cuba, Mexico & other affected Central American countries. Even if you’re asymptomatic you can get tested. Most GP’s won’t know much about it, so ask for a Zika serology test (outsourced to a Brisbane lab) and get them to tick Medicare/bukbilled so they don’t charge you anything. Push for it because we were told there is no test! But there is!


For women, if you are infected, it will be out of your system after 2 months. For men it can remain in semen for up to 6 months (which is why we both got tested). You can get tested 2 weeks after you return home as it takes that long to show. Just be aware that not a lot is known about the disease, so the test are not 100% accurate and can still give false positives & negatives, but the chances of you being infected and then getting a false negative are so low that you’re probably more at risk of vitamin deficiencies! Its more just to give you peace of mind. Hope this helps!


Thank you for sharing your experience on this! I got tested because of being in Brazil last month - didn't even really occur to me that in the past two years I've also been to Cuba, The Carribean,Mexico, Indonesia and Cambodia; I've pretty much been doing the Zika world tour! I guess because TTC wasnt quite so in my head back then.Luckily I went alone, and DH did not attend, so if it is positive it'll just be a 2 month wait and not 6 months! I'm waiting the results. I got tested and was told that there is one primary lab in Perth that tests for Zika so results will take longer (1 week instead of 48 hrs). I was tested 2 days ago on the 14th so I'll know soon. Will keep you posted.I take it yours was all clear?

#16 furbaby84

Posted 21 March 2018 - 10:58 AM

@gogoface yep, we both got the all clear. I think the chances of infection are so low, we weren't surprised. Just annoying we had to wait until the clear because it would have been so much better to start TTC on holiday being all relaxed! But better safe than sorry. To be honest I saw soooo many pregnant women in the high-risk countries (either locals or Americans travelling) and I kept thinking 'wow'! But then again, you can't tell an entire continent of women to not get pregnant until they find a cure!

Good luck with the results & TTC!


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