Having sex in a pandemic: what you need to know Having sex in a pandemic: what you need to know

In this area of life, physical contact is key to face-to-face sexual relations. Limiting it means making changes.

It must be made clear that COVID-19 is not a sexually transmitted infection and, as of now, there is no evidence that the virus is transmitted through semen or vaginal fluid, according to the Planned Parenthood website. The site adds, however, that the virus is spread through direct contact with saliva.

The site recommends avoiding close contact with anyone who does not live in your house as much as possible. In this instance, “the safest sexual partners are those who already live with you.” Consent is also essential: if your partner does not want to have sex for any reason, including concern about COVID-19, you should respect that.

Talking to the SINC agency (Scientific News and Information Service), Francisca Molero, president of the Spanish Federation of Sexology Societies (FESS), said that “when it comes to on-again, off-again partners or steady but open relationships, important preventive measures will have to be taken: hand-washing, condoms, latex covers, or taking more time to decide whether or not to have sex with someone.” All of this will depend on individual dispositions and circumstances.

What about wearing a mask?

A study lead by Harvard University and published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in May concludes that, in order to have safe sex in the midst of the pandemic, it is best to wear a mask over your mouth in addition to using contraception. Molero adds that “There will always be risk; being responsible means taking all possible preventive measures.”

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