Sex and COVID19: GET THE FACTS!
At a time when people are looking to stay entertained during physical distancing, the question is -- can I still have sex? Is it safe? Get the facts by clicking on the graphics below!
While COVID-19 is not a sexually transmitted infection, intimate activities that involve being physically close to someone, coming into contact with their spit - like kissing - can easily spread COVID-19.
- The safest sex partner you can have is yourself.
- The safest sexual partners are people who already live with you. It’s best to avoid physical contact, including sex, with anyone who doesn’t live with you.
- If you do choose to engage in sexual activity, make sure to use condoms and dental dams to help protect you and your partners from sexually transmitted infections. Dental dams and condoms may also help prevent the spread of COVID-19 during oral sex by preventing contact with spit. And using condoms during vaginal and anal sex may help prevent the spread of COVID-19 through things like feces and semen, if it turns out the virus can be spread that way (but scientists still don’t know if it can).
- It’s important to wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds before and after you have sex.
- You and your partner can also wear masks.
Visit the following resources for more information regarding safer sex during COVID-19:
- Intimacy, sex, and COVID-19 from Harvard Health
- COVID-19 and Your Sexual Health from Planned Parenthood
- COVID-19 and Your Sexual Health from Fenway Health
- Sex and COVID-19 - American Sexual Health Association
- Sex and Coronavirus (COVID-19) from Avert
- Prevention, Relationships, and Accessing Services from the National Coalition for Sexual Health
- SEX AND COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
- Safer Sex and COVID-19 guidelines from New York City Health Department