Sex and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) 

The best way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home and minimize contact with others. In many areas, that’s already mandatory, w
hich leaves many of us asking, “What if I want to meet a guy – NOW? “What if I feel bored and/or horny?”  “What if I feel scared and anxious?”

Use the apps, videos, and texting to keep meeting guys – without meeting in person. You can even have an old-fashioned phone call.  Use this time to flirt or get to know someone better. And meet in person when all this is over. 

We’ve faced a lot of challenges as a community. We can overcome this one as well. When it comes to sex, please read the very helpful guidelines below, courtesy of the New York Department of Health.

You can also scroll down for information regarding Coronavirus for HIV-positive people, as well as for people who use drugs.

Can you have sex? 

Here are some tips for how to enjoy sex and to avoid spreading COVID-19:

You can get COVID-19 from a person who has it. 

  • The virus can spread to people who are within about 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 when that person coughs or sneezes.
  • The virus can spread through direct contact with their saliva or mucus.

We still have a lot to learn about COVID-19 and sex. 

  • COVID-19 has been found in feces of people who are infected with the virus.
  • COVID-19 has not yet been found in semen or vaginal fluid.
  • We know that other coronaviruses do not efficiently transmit through sex.
  • You are your safest sex partner. 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.
  • The next safest partner is someone you live with. Having close contact — including sex — with only a small circle of people helps prevent spreading COVID-19.
  • You should avoid close contact — including sex — with anyone outside your household. If you do have sex with others, have as few partners as possible and avoid group sex.
  • If you usually meet your sex partners online or make a living by having sex, consider taking a break from in-person dates. Video dates, sexting or chat rooms may be options for you.
  • Kissing can easily pass COVID-19. Avoid kissing anyone who is not part of your small circle of close contacts, ideally only those in your household.
  • Rimming (mouth on anus) might spread COVID-19. Virus in feces may enter your mouth.
  • Condoms can reduce contact with saliva or feces, especially during oral or anal sex.
  • Washing up before and after sex is more important than ever.
    o Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    o Wash sex toys with soap and warm water.
    o Disinfect keyboards and touch screens that you share with others (for video chat, for watching pornography or for anything else).
  • If you or a partner may have COVID-19, avoid sex and especially kissing.
  • If you start to feel unwell, you may be about to develop symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath.
  • If you or your partner has a medical condition that can lead to more severe COVID-19, you may also want to skip sex.
    o Medical conditions include lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, cancer or a weakened immune system (for example, having unsuppressed HIV and a low CD4 count).
  • HIV: Condoms, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and having an undetectable viral load all help prevent HIV. For more information, click here.
  • Other STIs: Condoms help prevent other STIs. For more information on STIs, click here.
  • Unplanned pregnancy: There are multiple ways to prevent unplanned pregnancy. For more information, click here.

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