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Sex in the Time of COVID-19

At a time when people everywhere are confined to their homes due to COVID-19, looking for ways to stay entertained, the question is—can I still have sex? Is it safe?

In short—yes, you can still have sex, but with precautions. What do we know right now? This is a respiratory disease, so direct contact with saliva can transmit the virus. While COVID-19 has not yet been found in semen or vaginal fluid, it has been found in feces of people who are infected. As always, condoms and dental dams can reduce the risk and reduce contact with saliva and feces during anal and oral sex or oral/anal contact.

  • You are your safest sex partner. Masturbation will not spread COVID-19, especially if you wash your hands (and any sex toys) with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after sex.
  • The next safest partner is someone you live with. Having close contact—including sex—with only a small circle of people helps prevent spreading COVID-19.
  • You should avoid close contact—including sex—with anyone outside your household. If you do have sex with others, have a few partners as possible.
  • If you usually meet your sex partners online or make a living by having sex, consider taking a break from in-person dates. Video dates, sexting, or chat rooms may be options for you.

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