COVID 19: Mask, condom vital for safe sex- experts
A new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine has warned that having sex could spread coronavirus and has advised that couples take preventative steps in the bedroom. This includes avoiding kissing, showering before and after sex, and even wearing masks while having sex.
In the study, researchers from Harvard University ranked different sexual scenarios, based on how likely you are to catch coronavirus during them as reported by The Mirror.
Abstinence and masturbation were ranked as ‘low risk’ sexual activities, while sex with people within a household and sex with people from other households were ranked as ‘high risk’ activities.
While the researchers admit that abstinence isn’t possible for many people, they’re urging people to take certain measures to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
According to the research:
For some patients, complete abstinence from in-person sexual activity is not an achievable goal. In these situations, having sex with persons with whom they are self-quarantining is the safest approach. Those unable to take this approach may benefit from risk reduction counseling, which has proven effective in other realms of sexual health. Patients should also be provided with information about how to reduce the risk for other sexually transmitted infections as well as the importance of continued use of contraceptives during this time to prevent unwanted pregnancy.
Also, the use of condoms has been advised after research shows that coronavirus could stay in the sperm of an infected person.
This is stated in research published in JAMA, the researchers wrote:
The presence of viruses in semen may be more common than currently understood, and traditional non sexually transmitted viruses should not be assumed to be totally absent in genital secretions.