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People Should Wear Face Masks When Having Sex And Avoid Kissing, Sexual Health Charity Says

People Should Wear Face Masks When Having Sex And Avoid Kissing, Sexual Health Charity Says

A sexual health charity has warned that people should wear face masks when having sex and avoid kissing altogether.

The Terrence Higgins Trust said that these measures were vital in stopping the spread of coronavirus and also advises abstaining from sex outside of your home for the time being.

As lockdown measures were put in place from March onwards, most Brits have obeyed the rules when it comes to sex outside of the home.

The charity revealed that 84 per cent of people had managed to avoid sex in unfamiliar places but that it was now unrealistic to ask people to avoid it altogether.

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People should wear masks when having sex, says a sexual health charity (Credit: Unsplash)
People should wear masks when having sex, says a sexual health charity (Credit: Unsplash)

Though masturbation is obviously the safest option during these unprecedented times, says The Terrence Higgins Trust, having one regular partner reduces the risk of passing on Covid-19.

And asking key questions of your sexual partner is also vital to stop the spread of coronavirus.

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Though it may not be at the forefront of your mind when it comes to having sex, the charity says that a person should ask if their sexual partner - or any members of their household - have had symptoms or tested positive for the virus.

The Terrence Higgins Trust also advises not having sex if you've felt unwell and self isolating if you do feel under the weather, as well as washing your hands for 20 seconds afterwards.

Sexual partners should ask each other vital questions to stop the spread of coronavirus (Credit: Pexels)
Sexual partners should ask each other vital questions to stop the spread of coronavirus (Credit: Pexels)

And kissing is also a no-no, due to the way that the virus spreads.

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The charity's medical director, Dr Michael Brady, said: "Sex is a very important part of life and asking people to avoid sex indefinitely is not realistic.

"That's why, as the Covid-19 pandemic continues, we all need to find ways to balance our need for sex and intimacy with the risks of the spread of Covid-19.


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Topics: Sex and Relationships

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