Sexuality in the Age of COVID-19

Things to know
about COVID-19

A. Close contact with anyone infected with COVID-19 can cause you to get the virus— whether you’re engaged in sexual activity or not. COVID-19 spreads through small respiratory droplets such as when a person coughs, sneezes or talks. If you have sex with an infected person, you can get the virus by

  • Kissing

  • Spreading respiratory droplets on skin and personal belongings. Touching their skin and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes can cause you to get infected.

  • Coming in contact with feces. Partaking in any activity that exposes you to fecal matter increases your chances of getting COVID-19.

A. There is currently no evidence that COVID-19 can be transmitted through semen or vaginal fluids although the virus has been found in semen of sick or recovering individuals. Further research is needed to determine if COVID-19 can be transmitted sexually.

A. Masturbation. You are your safest sex partner. Make sure to thoroughly wash any sex toys with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after sex.

B. Number of sexual partners. Decrease the number of sexual partners you have. The next safest partner is someone you live with.

C. Symptoms of COVID-19. Avoid having sex with partners who have symptoms of COVID-19. Do they currently have symptoms or have they had any for the past 14 days?

  • Dry cough

  • Shortness of breath

  • Fever

  • Sore throat

D. Avoid kissing

E. Wear a mask during sex

F. Barriers. Be creative! Use sexual positions or physical barriers (like a wall) to allow for sexual activity without having to come face-to-face with each other.

G. Protection. Wear condoms or dental dams during anal or oral sex

H. Shower before and after sex

I. Disinfect. Clean the area where you have sex with soap or alcohol wipes.

J. Sex toys. Wash sex toys before and after using them.

K. Skip sex if you or your partner are not feeling well.

A. Consider taking a break from in person dates. Other options like sexting, video dates, zoom parties, or chat rooms may be good options.

A. Monitor yourself for COVID-19 symptoms

B. Get tested on a more frequent basis. You can visit for places to get free testing!

C. Be careful when interacting with others who are at high risk of developing a severe
course of COVID-19. Those include people with the following risk factors

  • Asthma

  • Chronic Kidney Disease on dialysis

  • Chronic lung disease

  • Diabetes

  • Hemoglobin disorders

  • Immunodeficiency

  • Liver disease

  • People over the age of 65

  • People in nursing homes or long term care facilities

  • Serious heart conditions

  • Severe obesity

A. Let’s not forget about our basics, make sure you are protected during sex! Check out
our section in birth control and STI’s for detailed information on each. Also check out our clinic section to find a place near you that can provide the tools you need to practice safe sex.