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Stay safe from COVID-19 by avoiding face-to-face sex – Charity advices

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As part of measures to ensure people protect themselves from contracting coronavirus through sex, the Terrence Higgins Trust has adviced sexually active people to wear face mask, avoid kissing and choose positions that aren’t face-to-face.

In an article it published, the Trust said; “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”.

On how best people can ensure they stay safe, the charity pointed out that best sexual partner during the pandemic is yourself.

“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”, The Trust said.

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.

On the issue of whether the virus can spread through sex, experts have said it can be transmitted through saliva, mucus or the breath of those who have it, along with contact with hard surfaces.

That’s why the Trust recommends not kissing, wearing a face mask during sex and favouring positions where you’re not face-to-face.

It adds the virus has been found in semen and poo, which is why you should use condoms and dams for oral sex to minimise risk.

And given we’re supposed to be doing it after most things – washing your hands for more than 20 seconds or using hand sanitiser before and after sex is recommended.

All of this is not to say you should forget about your sexual health in general.

The charity says it’s important to get tested for sexually transmitted infections before starting to have sex again.

“Lockdown has meant that most people have had fewer sexual partners, if any at all, and now is the perfect time to be sure you don’t have an STI and to know what your HIV status is,” Terrence Higgins Trust said.


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