How to Have Intamacy & Safer Sex During COVID-19 Pandemic
Coronavirus is spreading rapidly in our country as well as in the world. To reduce the rate of spread of COVID-19, you should stay at home and minimize contact with others.
Is it possible to have sex during COVID-19?
Here are some tips for enjoying sex by preventing the spread of COVID-19:
1. Find out how COVID-19 spreads
You can get it from someone who has COVID-19. The virus can be transmitted to people within about 1.5 - 2 meters when a person with COVID-19 coughs or sneezes. The virus can be spread by direct contact with saliva or mucus secretions.
We still have a lot to learn about COVID-19 and sexuality. COVID-19 has been demonstrated in the feces of people infected with the virus. COVID-19 has not yet been shown in semen or vaginal fluid. We know that other coronaviruses are not transmitted effectively through sexual intercourse.
2. As a precaution, have sex with people “close to you.”
You are your own safest sex partner. Masturbation does not spread COVID-19; you need to be careful by washing your hands (and any sex toys) with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after sex.
The next safest partner is the person you live with. Only close contact with your immediate family, including sexual intercourse, helps prevent the spread of COVID-19. You should avoid close contact, including sexual intercourse, with anyone outside of your household. If you often meet your sex partner online or work as a sex worker, consider taking a break from face-to-face meetings. Video-mediated dating, virtual sex, or chat rooms may be options for you.
3. Be careful during sexual intercourse.
COVID-19 is easily transmitted through kissing. Avoid kissing someone outside of your close circle. Condoms and oral barriers can reduce contact with saliva or stool, especially during oral or anal sex. Rimming (orally stimulating the anus) can spread COVID-19. The virus in the stool can enter the mouth. Cleaning before and after sex is more important than ever. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Wash your sex toys with soap and warm water. Disinfect keyboards and touchscreens you share with others (for video chatting, watching pornography, or anything else).
4. If you or your partner feel unwell due to any of the following situations, stop sexual intercourse.
If you or your partner has COVID-19, avoid sexual intercourse and especially kissing. If you do not feel well; Avoid sexual intercourse if you have symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough, sore throat, or shortness of breath. If you or your partner has a medical condition that could make COVID-19 more severe, take a break from sex. Medical conditions include lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, or a weakened immune system (for example, having unsuppressed HIV and a low CD4 count).
5. Prevent HIV transmission, other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and unplanned pregnancy.
HIV: Condoms, pre-exposure prophylaxis, and having an undetectable viral load help prevent HIV.
Other STIs: Condoms help prevent other STIs.
Pregnancy: Make sure you have an effective method of contraception in the coming weeks.
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