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Sex and coronavirus: How to have it safely

Sex and coronavirus

You’ve heard of the “new normal” around things like going back to work or shopping.

But it also applies to sex, according to a sexual health charity.

The Terrence Higgins Trust has published advice suggesting people avoid kissing, wear a face covering and choose positions that aren’t face-to-face during sex.

It may sound tough, but people need to find a way “to balance our need for sex and intimacy with the risks of the spread of COVID-19”, the Trust says.

Staying safe

The best sexual partner during the pandemic is yourself or someone you live with, the Trust says.

Masturbation, using sex toys or participating in phone or online sex are recommended as the safest options.

That’s not to say sex is off the table, but it should ideally be with people who are part of your household.

We should still be socially distancing, but after months of lockdown the charity says it is unrealistic to expect people to stop having sex indefinitely. If you are having sex with people outside of your household, it’s important to limit the number of partners, it says.

Like with everything at the moment, be aware of any Covid-19 symptoms you or your partner might have – and isolate if you have them.

If you are meeting someone new, the charity says to ask if they or anyone in their household have had symptoms or tested positive.

Does the virus spread through sex?

The virus can spread through saliva, mucus or the breath of those who have it, along with contact with hard surfaces.

“If you are going to touch each other’s genitals it’s likely that you will potentially be kissing at the same time – and we know the virus is passed through saliva,” Dr Alex George told Radio 1 Newsbeat in March.

Dr Alex is an A&E doctor and former Love Island contestant and says “any possibility of transfer of coronavirus – from your mouth to your hands, to genitals, to someone else’s nose or mouth” increases the risk of passing on coronavirus.

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