Is it safe to have sex during the COVID-19 outbreak?
If you and your partner are living together and are not displaying any symptoms, the COVID-19 outbreak shouldn’t change anything to your situation. If, however, any of you are displaying symptoms, even if they are mild, you should socially distance and follow local/government guidelines relevant for you. If you or your partner have symptoms or think you may be infected, please contact your local health care practitioner. However, please be mindful that while you and your partner may not be displaying any symptoms, it is possible to still have the virus and the ability to spread Covid-19. Please contact your local health care practitioner and check local state guidelines for updates or further questions.
Can a condom protect me from getting COVID-19?
COVID-19 is not a STI/STD. It is a virus that is mainly spread through small respiratory droplets via coughing, sneezing or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose. This is why a condom will not protect you from getting or spreading COVID-19.
Do use a condom consistently to help reduce the spread of STD/STIs and unintended pregnancy. To get the most protection from a condom, use one correctly every time you have sex.
Can I meet a new partner?
You can meet a new adult partner online, but it is important that you are not meeting in person and to follow your local / government guidelines on social distancing even if none of you are displaying any symptoms. This is important as staying at home is key in slowing the spread of the virus. Also keep in mind that some people have the virus and are not displaying any symptoms so they can pass it on without even knowing. The incubation period (time between catching the virus and beginning to have symptoms) is currently estimated between 1-14 days*.
Can I have sex with a new partner?
Sex may not be possible due to social distancing rules that mean staying at home, but it doesn’t mean you can’t meet other adults online - start talking on the phone or have video chats. Remember to stay safe online. Any activity should always be consensual between adults - that is, you are both comfortable and there's no pressure to do something you don't want to.
What is safe sex during COVID-19?
You are your safest partner right now. Masturbation is a great way to self-pleasure and discover what you are into and where you like to be touched. Remember to wash your hands or any sex toys you use with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after masturbation. For more on masturbation, click here.
A recent partner has symptoms, am I safe?
COVID-19 is mainly spread through respiratory droplets, so even kissing or being in close breathing proximity can put you at risk. If a recent partner developed symptoms, please make sure to self-isolate and monitor your symptoms. Also, please be responsible so if you had other partners during that time too, please let them know. Please contact your local health care practitioner and check local state guidelines for further questions.
I am single, what can I do?
We strongly advise against meeting new people in person during the COVID-19 outbreak and strongly advise to follow local/government guidelines relevant for you. But it is okay to still use dating apps and services. Virtually dating at home can be an exciting new way to explore too. For ideas and ways to date at home during self isolation, check our article
Also don’t forget that you are your safest sex partner. Masturbation is a great way to discover your body and what works for you. Only thing to keep in mind is that if you use sex toys, you should wash them and your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds before and after use.
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*This article is not intended to give medical advice but is intended to provide answers to some commonly asked questions based on what is currently known about Covid-19. The medical community is constantly updating its recommendations with regards to Covid-19 and therefore, this information is subject to change. As always, please check with your healthcare provider for any additional questions or concerns.