Sex and Covid-19

Let’s be honest, these are not some of our sexiest times!  Many of us are experiencing this “new normal” and adapting to changes.  Changes with our hygiene, changes with our clothing selections and styles, and changes in our intimacy.

During these changes, it is important that we focus on our physical and mental health, as well as our sexual health. 

 

Check out the following guidelines, tips, and resources for safe sex during covid-19.

Important Safety Tips

  • The safest sex partner is yourself!
  • Wash hands before and after sexual contact
  • Wash and sanitize toys before and after sexual contact
  • If you or your partner(s) are sick, avoid sexual contact
  • Avoid having sex (or being close and intimate) if you or your partner(s) have a medical condition and they are at higher risk of getting the coronavirus.
  •  Kissing can spread the virus – limit kissing to only close contacts.
  • Since COVID-19 has been detected in fecal matter, rimming might spread COVID as  fecal matter can enter the mouth. 
  • The use of condoms, dental dams, and finger condoms are especially important to reduce the spread of the virus through saliva and feces. 

Coronavirus Can Be Spread Through:

  • Saliva
  • Mucus
  • Feces
  • Coronavirus has NOT been detected through semen or vaginal fluids

Any time you are in close contact with another individual, you are at risk of contracting coronavirus. If you are intimate with someone, the virus can be spread through saliva and mucus.

Remember,

Take this time during quarantine to practice self-love and explore your creativity.  Allow yourself to identify your needs and desires!

If you are dating someone or others that don’t reside with you, consider phone/video dating or sending personal letters

Thinking about meeting new people? Consider online dating

Sexual Health Resources

While many organizations and businesses have closed their operations, there are still resources available in your community! Planned Parenthood Keystone is offering family planning services like birth control and emergency contraceptive through telehealth. Berks Teens Matter is offering a private virtual Health Resource Center for Berks County youth ages 13-19. Co-County Wellness Services has free condoms, dental dams, and lubrication at their office! Click below to find more resources and info!

Relationships and COVID-19

Learn about long-distance dating, fun virtual date ideas, sexting, and more from Youth and Health Resource Center Coordinator, Johnathan! Watch the video or read the blogs below!

Have questions or want to learn more? Ask Johnathan!

jrbaez@cocountywellnessservices.org

Read the Blog – “About Long Distance Relationships” Series

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