Because of the general community quarantine or GCQ in place, you and your partner might have found yourselves spending more time with each other. One way that couples are using this time is to reconnect and be more intimate with each other. But are there any special safe sex and COVID guidelines you need to follow?
Before we talk about whether or not you can get COVID-19 from having sex, we need to talk about how the virus gets transmitted in the first place.
How is COVID-19 transmitted?
COVID-19’s primary form of transmission is through droplets. These droplets are tiny particles of liquid that contains the virus.
These droplets come from a person’s nose or mouth, and whenever a person coughs, speaks, or sneezes, they can spread these contaminated droplets around. When another person inhales these particles, or if they get into a person’s mouth or nose, there is the possibility that they could get infected with coronavirus disease.
This is the reason why everyone is encouraged to wear face masks, to prevent any droplets from exiting or entering the mouth or nose.
Additionally, any surfaces that these droplets come in contact with can possibly get contaminated. This is why in places such as hospitals and restaurants, disinfecting surfaces should be a top priority.
The virus has also been found to be present in feces, so it is possible that sharing the same bathroom with someone positive for COVID-19 can increase your risk of being infected.
What increases your risk of being infected?
Here are some of the risk factors involved when it comes to COVID-19:
- Touching your face without washing your hands first can increase your risk of getting COVID-19.
- Additionally, eating without washing your hands is another risk factor for COVID-19.
- Prolonged exposure to a person with COVID-19.
- Being in close proximity to other people.
- Sharing an office or a small space with other people.
- Using public transportation.
- Being inside an enclosed vehicle
- Sharing a bathroom with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
All of these things can increase a person’s risk of getting infected with coronavirus.
Is it possible to get COVID-19 from having sex?
You might have noticed that sexual contact is not among the ways that COVID-19 can be transmitted. This is because so far, there have been no confirmed cases of sexual transmission when it comes to COVID-19.
While COVID-19 has been detected in the semen of those recovering from the virus, there is no evidence that it can infect another person. No presence of COVID-19 has also been found in vaginal fluids, so based on the information we have, COVID-19 cannot be transmitted through sexual means.
However, this does not necessarily mean you can’t get sick when you have sex with someone who has coronavirus. Due to the intimate nature of sex, social distancing is not possible if you want to have intercourse. Some people might also find that wearing faces masks during sex can be uncomfortable, and might even take it off.
People who have multiple sex partners can also put themselves at risk, since they might not know if their partner has been in contact with someone who has the virus. This means that in order to avoid having COVID-19, it would be a good idea to not just practice safe sex, but also take additional precautions against coronavirus.
So what can you do if you want to have sex and stay safe from COVID-19?
Safe sex and COVID guidelines to keep you safe
Here are some safe sex and COVID guidelines to keep in mind so you can avoid getting infected with COVID-19.
- As much as possible, avoid having sex with someone who lives in a different house. This increases your risk for infection, since you might not know if your partner has been in contact with someone infected with COVID-19.
- Try to avoid having multiple sexual partners. Not only does this increase your risk for STDs, but it can also increase your risk for COVID-19.
- If your partner shows any symptoms of COVID-19, it would be best to not have sex with them until they can get tested.
- Avoid kissing during intercourse.
- Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before and after having sex.
- Using condoms and dental dams can help lower the risk of COVID-19 as well as STDs.
- Be sure to clean and disinfect the place where you had sex.
- If you or your partner use sex toys, it would also be a good idea to make sure that they are clean and disinfected before using them.
- If you are the one showing any symptoms, it would be a good idea to isolate yourself until you can be certain that you are no longer sick.
- As much as possible, only have sex if your partner is living in the same household.
- For some people, video calls or sexting might be a better option in order to avoid physical contact.
- Lastly, it is also important to still follow the basic guidelines when it comes to COVID-19. By lowering your risk of being infected, you are also lowering the chances that your partner can get infected during intercourse.
Hopefully these tips can help you stay safe and free from COVID-19. It is always important to practice safe sex, and be extra careful since the COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing.
Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.