Hepatitis E, leading cause of acute viral liver infection, might be sexually transmitted

Spermatozoa cells being viewed under microscope

A new study from Ohio State University researchers suggests that hepatitis E could be sexually transmitted and linked to male infertility.

The authors of the study in PLOS Pathogens discovered that, in pigs, the hepatitis E virus (HEV) is associated with sperm. Pigs’ reproductive anatomy is similar to that of humans, and HEV is endemic in pig populations in the United States.

Their findings pose some implications for fertility and pregnancy in humans, but also for the swine industry.

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