Sexual Health during COVID-19

Consensual sex can be a stress relieving and pleasurable way to cope during the pandemic. It can help to ease anxiety and also allows us to express our needs and sexuality. But what are the recommendations for sex during COVID-19?

COVID-19 is spread from person to person through close contact for a period of time. Any physical contact, including sex, is considered high risk for spreading COVID-19. 

In order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, it’s recommended that everyone practice physical distancing and maintain a 2 metre (6 foot) distance from those outside of their household. Sexual health is important, but precautions should be taken in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during sex.

 

Risks of COVID-19 Transmission during Sex

Currently there is evidence that the COVID-19 virus can be found in saliva, mucus and feces. COVID-19 has not been found in semen or vaginal fluids.

 

Tips for Safer Sex during COVID-19

You are your own safest partner.

  • Masturbation is low-risk for COVID-19 
  • Wash hands and toys before and after use for 20 seconds

Sex with a partner.

  • If you are having sex with a partner, it is safest to do so with someone you live with in your household as it is recommended to avoid close contact with anyone outside of your household, which includes sexual partners.
  • If you don’t have a partner in your household, try phone sex, sexting, or video chat. Avoid in-person dates with new or existing partners.

If you are still having sex, with or without a household partner or have sex for work.

  • Try to avoid having sex with individuals experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Avoid having sex if one partner has a health condition that can lead to more severe illness from COVID-19.
  • If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, even if mild, refrain from sex, self-isolate immediately and call TBDHU at (807) 625-5900 or Toll-Free at 1 (888) 294-6630 for further instructions.
  • Take extra precautions while having sex, such as:
    • Avoiding kissing as this can easily pass the COVID-19 virus between partners.
    • Using positions that avoid face to face contact.
    • Avoiding rimming (mouth to anus) as this may spread COVID-19, or use dental dams and condoms to reduce contact with feces and saliva. 
    • Washing up yourself and your sex toys before and after sex. Consider covering them with a condom and don't share toys.

Continue to practice safer sex practices to prevent STIs and unplanned pregnancies.

  • Ensure that you use barrier protection (e.g. condoms and dental dams/ condoms cut open during oral sex) and/or other birth control options when possible.
  • Continue to have open conversations with partners about the risks during COVID-19.
  • Follow all regular sexual health recommendations, on top of these additional guidelines, to keep safe during COVID-19. 

 

For Further Information:

Call us at (807) 625-5900 or toll-free at 1 (866) 294-6630.

For more information on sexual health and wellness, visit our page on Sex & Sexuality.

Last Updated: 03/06/2020