The most common symptoms of Zika include fever, rash, joint pain, and pink eye.
How can I prevent Zika?
Use bug spray containing DEET
Make sure clothes cover and protect the skin
Remove standing water from inside and outside the home
Use air conditioning and screens on doors and windows
Use mosquito netting and bed nets
Avoid traveling to areas with a known Zika presence
What should I do?
If you are a woman avoiding pregnancy
50% of pregnancies in the United States are unintended; if you accidentally become pregnant and are infected with Zika, your fetus could suffer from birth defects
Protect yourself by using a condom to prevent pregnancy and Zika; other contraceptive options may include an IUD, implant, or birth control pills – these prevent pregnancy but not Zika; visit SexFYI.org to find a birth control method
If your birth control fails and youor your partner have travelled to a Zika-affected area, even if you don't show any symptoms, emergency contraception is available in brand name and generic forms at pharmacies
If you are a woman trying to get pregnant
If you or your partner have travelled to a Zika-affected area, even if you don't show any symptoms, check the Centers for Disease Control’s Zika page to see how long it is advised to wait before trying to conceive
If you are a woman who is already pregnant
Make sure that your partner uses a condom with each sexual act for the duration of the pregnancy
If you are a man
To avoid infecting sexual partners or aquiring Zika, use a condom with each sexual act
Learn more about available birth control options here.