Sexual activity should only ever be between consenting adults who have the legal capacity to make the decision.
You may not know if someone has coronavirus. Being sexually active with another person involves some risk of getting the virus. You can reduce this risk by following the advice below.
- Only be sexually active with a partner you live with who does not have the virus or symptoms of the virus.
- Avoid being sexually active with anyone outside your household.
- Avoid kissing anyone outside of your household and anyone with symptoms. Kissing can easily pass on coronavirus.
- Taking a break from physical and face-to face interactions is worth considering, especially if you usually meet your sex partners online or make a living by having sex. Consider using video dates, sexting or chat rooms. Make sure to disinfect keyboards and touch screens that you share with others.
- Masturbation will not spread coronavirus, especially if you wash your hands (and any sex toys) with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after.
- While the current advice is not to have sex with or kiss anyone outside of your household, if you do, it is important to limit it to as few partners as possible. Remember close sexual contact with anyone you are not living with can put you and others at risk of coronavirus. Use condoms and dental dams to reduce contact with saliva or faeces, especially during oral or anal sex and avoid rimming (mouth on anus) as it might spread coronavirus.
- Wash before and after sex. This is more important than ever. Wash hands thoroughly and often with soap and water.