As countries around the world slowly lift various restrictions, governments are experimenting with exactly how prescriptive they should be in giving guidelines on how people should navigate the new normal, even in the privacy of your sheets.
The coronavirus is not a sexually transmitted disease. But it does expose you to contagion through the respiratory tract. In this sense, the Public Health Agency of Barcelona, Spain, drew up a guide with a series of recommendations to maintain safe sex in times of pandemic through a list of questions and answers to reduce the risk of contagion by COVID-19 among the population.
“We know how to reduce sexually transmitted infections with condoms and vaccines, and sometimes, in the case of HIV, with preventive treatments. Now we also have to be aware that the COVID-19 virus is transmitted through the respiratory route”Dictates the guide.
Although there is insufficient evidence that the disease is transmitted through vaginal or anal sex, During sex it is easy to be exposed to the breath or saliva that do carry the virus. Therefore, one of the main recommendations is not to kiss or exchange saliva with people with whom you do not live. If oral-anal sex practices are maintained, it is recommended to use condoms or dental dams.
And it is that kissing, of course, can spread the coronavirus, and researchers in China found that coronavirus can remain in semen, according a published article in JAMA Network Open, a peer-reviewed medical journal. While this does not prove that the virus can be transmitted sexually, experts say that close contact with a partner carries some risk.
Does the space where you have sex matters? In the guide they affirm that yes and that to reduce the risk of contagion, they assure that there is less chance of getting infected if relationships are kept in large, open, and well-ventilated spaces.
In the case of having sexual relations with cohabitants, the risk is low as long as they do not have any symptoms and have not been exposed to the virus. Instead, The Guide recommends minimizing sexual relations with non-partners.
However, it is also vital to avoid sexuality with people who are not sure of being asymptomatic carriers and, even between stable and cohabiting partners, respect the protocols, since there are many cases of infections within these types of couples, probably due to the incorporation of the virus into the home when one of them goes out to make purchases or other types of outings.
This is not the first time that space has been mentioned as a fundamental setting. In fact, a Harvard study, ranked sexual scenarios based on how likely people are to contract coronavirus while having sex. Those at the lower end of the scale included abstinence (not to have sex at all) and masturbation while sex with people from their own household and those from other households were determined to be “high risk” activities.
Safe Sex Practices in Times of Pandemic
Regarding whether or not there are safe sexual practices, they assured that those in which there is no physical contact with other people predominate such as personal masturbation, sexting, or virtual sex meetings.
And it is that for those with new partners or who meet their sexual partners online there are other ways of expressing eroticism, such as sexting, video calls, erotic reading and masturbation, as alternatives to penetrative sex.
How do you know if the other person has COVID-19? According to the guide, it is convenient to ask the person if they have been diagnosed, and if they have or have had symptoms in the last two weeks. It is also important to ask for and have their contact details to follow up if necessary.
What are the hygiene measures that people should consider after having sex? It is recommended to shower or wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after sex. On the other hand, wash sex toys with soap and water if used, and disinfect keyboards and screens if they are shared with someone. It is also recommended that sexually active people use condoms, dental dams, and PrEP medication if they are HIV positive.
Are there safe sexual positions to minimize the risk of exposure? The safest position would be the posterior approach, that is, the back of one person against the chest of the other , in that way the faces would not be facing each other, it is a sexual position adopted by most sexed animal species, it would also avoid kisses on the mouth, but it is also very difficult not to involve friction with the hands or other parts of the body or fabrics to participate in the meeting.
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