COVID-19 and Sexual Interference: Tips and Preventive Measures
COVID 19 is spread through close contact between people. This includes sexual contact such as kissing, fondling, hugging, sex, etc. Sexual partners must therefore respect the health instructions for all.
COVID 19 can be transmitted even if the person has no symptoms.
The virus is spread from person to person through contact with respiratory droplets projected into the air when an infected person speaks, coughs or sneezes. It is also spread by hand contact with infected surfaces in the mouth, nose or eyes.
The virus has been detected in certain body fluids such as blood, semen and stool. However, the possibility of transmission through these body fluids remains uncertain at this time.
Sexual partners who live under the same roof
If the sexual partners live under the same roof and neither of them has to follow the isolation guidelines, there is no restriction on having sex. With other people and sexual partners, it is advisable to respect the health instructions for all.
If one of the partners has symptoms or is identified as contact with an affected person, sexual relations should be avoided and isolation instructions should be followed.
Sexual partners who do not live under the same roof
In times of a pandemic, it is essential to reduce your physical contact, including sexual intercourse, with people who do not live under the same roof. Distancing should apply at all times with anyone who does not live under the same roof. A regular sexual partner with one and the same person who does not live under the same roof can be considered an exception. At all times, caution is required: these contacts should be avoided in the presence of symptoms of COVID-19 and prescribed isolation or quarantine must be observed at all times.
If either partner is infected without knowing it, he or she is at risk of transmitting COVID 19 to their partner (s). If one of the partners is in contact with other people, for example other sexual partners, people with whom they live or work or meet in the supermarket, etc., the risks of contracting COVID 19 and transmits are increased.
Having anonymous partners or partners whose personal information is unknown may prevent public health authorities from ensuring the appropriate follow-up in the event of an infection with COVID 19.
Sexual contact and isolation instructions
People who must follow isolation guidelines should refrain from sexual contact, including kissing, cuddling, hugging, sex.
The COVID-19 pandemic and sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections
In the context of the pandemic, protecting yourself and others to prevent the acquisition or transmission of an STBBI is all the more important. The condom or the square of latex remain the best protection against STBBI.
The relaxation of measures related to gatherings requires that we continue to respect the health instructions for all. Ways other than sexual relations can maintain close personal contact between partners, such as telephone or virtual meetings, while limiting the risks of spreading COVID-19. However, virtual meetings involve risks in terms of respect for private life. In this context, caution is called for.