It is well known that the HIV virus can contaminate other people via sperm. But is this the only virus that sperm successfully could contain, or could for example rhinoviruses also be part of sperm?

What causes the difference if there is one?


Those are some viruses that can exist in sperm :

  • $\begingroup$ Do you know if there is a special cause for there present in sperm or is it just a matter of getting dropped by the bloodstream in the region of the organs involved by producing sperm no matter what kind of virus? $\endgroup$
    – Marijn
    Oct 14 '16 at 19:28
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    $\begingroup$ @Marijn, I think they will be within the DNA that sperm contains. $\endgroup$
    – Bilal
    Oct 14 '16 at 20:39
  • $\begingroup$ It almost looks like your children going to be a kind of virus than ? $\endgroup$
    – Marijn
    Oct 14 '16 at 20:49
  • $\begingroup$ Of course the virus normally will be inside their cells. $\endgroup$
    – Bilal
    Oct 14 '16 at 22:06
  • $\begingroup$ When I think of a virus I think it as a whole structure including membrane etc. But when it is in the DNA it is only a part of the virus. Because isn't a cell after multiple copies making of the virus exploding whereby all the viruses including membrane etc are loosed in the blood and other plasma's? $\endgroup$
    – Marijn
    Oct 15 '16 at 8:54

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