Covid 19 Sex Risks

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Covid 19 sex risks In line with the latest Government advice to prevent COVID-19 transmission, you should only have sexual contact – including with your regular partner – if you live within the same household. You should stay 2 metres away from everyone who is not part of your household.

The new coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing how we live. Everyone is advised to stay at home and physically distance from others to slow down the spread of COVID-19. Some people with COVID-19 may have no symptoms but can still pass the virus on to others.

More detailed guidance on COVID-19 can be found on the Scottish Government website

You can also find more detailed guidance on COVID-19 from the NHS on the NHS Inform website

The information provided on this page is adapted from BASHH guidance in April 2020. These recommendations are subject to change as the situation evolves. We will update this information if the guidance changes.  

Covid 19 Sex Risks

Can I have sex?

Sex with yourself, i.e. masturbation (wanking) is excellent for your physical and mental well-being. Masturbation will not spread COVID-19, especially if you wash your hands (and any sex toys) with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after sex. If you use a shared computer, phone or touch screen whilst masturbating please disinfect these devices thoroughly. The next safest partner is someone you live with. Sex can be a really great way to have fun, stay connected and relieve anxiety during this potentially stressful time, if:

  • you live with your sexual partner, you are both feeling well and you both consent to sex, and
  • you haven’t been exposed to COVID-19 and are not in the “at risk” group of having a severe illness with COVID-19.

However, if you have symptoms of COVID-19 (these include a new persistent cough or fever of 37.7°C or above) you should self-isolate for 7 days to prevent further transmissions. If someone you live with or someone you have recently had sex with (within or outside of your household) has these symptoms then you need to self-isolate for 14 days. Self-isolating means no physical contact – no hugging, kissing or sex, and have separate sleeping arrangements. Irrespective of symptoms, if you or a sexual partner has a medical condition that may lead to a more severe illness with COVID-19, you should avoid sex.

Close Contact

You should avoid close contact — including sex — with anyone outside your household. If you don’t live with your sexual partner, consider moving in to the same living space temporarily. Additional travel puts your friends, family and community at risk, so make a responsible choice. Video dates, phone sex, “sexting” or chat rooms may be options for you. Don’t share images or participate in recorded content if you don’t want to.

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