A new study , published Thursday in the Journal of the American Medicine Association, found the coronavirus in semen, too. Particles were detected in the semen of both men who had active infections and those who had recovered.
The researchers aren't yet sure, however, whether the finding means the virus can be sexually transmitted.
Roughly 16% of the men studied had the virus in their semen
A team of Chinese researchers took semen samples from 38 male COVID-19 patients in a hospital in the Henan province, which borders Wuhan, between January 26 and February 16.
The researchers detected the virus, whose official name is SARS-CoV-2, in the semen in six of the 38 patients roughly 16%. Of the six, four were at the acute stage of active infection and two had recovered.
The six who tested positive ranged in age from their 20s to their 50s.
"There was no significant difference between negative and positive test results for patients by age, urogenital disease history, days since onset, days since hospitalization, or days since clinical recovery," the study authors wrote.