I am concerned with how the story of the Zika virus is being told to the public. Most articles - including those which claim they contain "Everything you need to know about the Zika virus," start with some variation on, "Zika is a virus transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito," and then don't get into the sexual transmission until the bottom of the article (if at all).
Example 1 (The Star Online - sexual transmission mentioned only towards the middle/bottom)
Example 2 (NYT - the article is about the mosquito, but there is still no other mention of sexual transmission, even in passing to clarify the risks for readers).
Example 3 (Washington Post, all about Cuba's efforts to control the mosquito, no mention of sex).
Example 4 (Fox News, all about the mosquito, not even a passing mention of sexual transmission).
Example 5 (CNN - no mention of sexual transmission in this article about Singapore).
Example 6 (CNN - 5 things you need to know about Zika, and nothing having to do with sex unless you scroll down to find the next list of related articles).
...... and so on.
All of this is not to say that controlling the mosquito population is not important: it is, and vitally so. However, the message about sexual transmission does not seem to be coming across clearly in the major news articles, and I worry that people in monogamous relationships will think they're not at risk, because of their monogamy.
Do women understand that they can get the disease from their one partner if he or she was bitten by an infected mosquito? Is a person's understanding of the virus' transmission associated with other behaviors that would increase or decrease a person's risk of contracting Zika?
Here is one (older) article which just focuses on sexual transmission. We need more of this. However, Dr. Gupta doesn't go into the details. He mentions that the virus can be sexually transmitted, but doesn't discuss how those in monogamous relationships still need to be cautious, since someone who got the disease from a mosquito bite can pass it on sexually.
When the news started to come out about the sexually transmitted Zika cases, there was a flurry of news articles. But that seems to have died down.