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The BBC has published an article instructing couples on how to have sex while avoiding the spread of COVID-19 to each other, including the wearing of a mask.
The story, “Sex and Covid: What are the rules in lockdown?” goes on to provide “new guidance on having sex” after Prime Minister Boris Johnson implemented a new national lockdown order that many expect to last for months amid the spread of a new, more contagious strain of the virus.
While “meeting up for sex is off the cards” under current mandates, the story nevertheless offers several recommendations for the practice of coronavirus-safe sex.
“The rules say you must not meet socially indoors with anyone unless you live with them, or if they’re part of your support bubble,” the story notes. “A support bubble is when a single-adult household joins another household – they can still visit each other and stay overnight.”
“Avoid kissing, wear a face covering and choose positions that aren’t face-to-face during sex,” the story continued, relating advice given by Terrence Higgins Trust, a British charitable organization that provides sexual health services with an emphasis on ending the transmission of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, in the UK.
“Your best sexual partner during the Covid-19 pandemic is yourself or someone within your household and you should follow the government guidelines about social distancing, hand washing and face coverings,” says the Trust, quoted by the BBC.
“However, it’s unrealistic to ask everyone to abstain from sex indefinitely,” the trust added.
As such, alternatives such as masturbation, online or phone sex are going to be the safest options, the trust advises.
However, “if you are having sex with people outside of your household, it’s important to limit the number of partners,” the BBC article continues, citing the trust’s recommendations.
The BBC noted that the coronavirus can be spread through contact with hard surfaces, saliva, mucus, and by infected persons breathing on others.
“If you are going to touch each other’s genitals it’s likely that you will potentially be kissing at the same time – and we know the virus is passed through saliva,” said Dr. Alex George during an interview with Radio 1 Newsbeat in March.
George, a primary care physician and former contestant on “Love Island,” a British reality TV dating series, said that “any possibility of transfer of coronavirus – from your mouth to your hands, to genitals, to someone else’s nose or mouth” increases the chance of spreading COVID-19.
In addition to wearing masks during sex, the Terrence Higgins Trust also advises couples to avoid kissing altogether, adding that the virus has also been found in semen.
The trust further advises couples to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer before and after sex.
“Lockdown has meant that most people have had fewer sexual partners, if any at all, and now is the perfect time to be sure you don’t have an STI and to know what your HIV status is,” the trust further advised.
Late last month, a male nurse in Indonesia was suspended after he admitted to taking off his personal protective equipment (PPE) to have sex in a toilet with another man who was infected with COVID-19.
“It is true that there has been a suspected incident of a same-sex relationship between a health worker and a COVID-19 patient at the Wisma Atlet Emergency Hospital,” Asep Gunawan of the National Nurses Association said at the time.
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