Sunday , 25 September 2022

Can You Have Safe Sex In An Unsafe COVID-19 World? Yes, Here’s How

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…[You] could unwillingly exacerbate the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) if you don’t take the necessary precautions [in your sexual activities]…Here are a few general recommendations to keep in mind that can reduce your risk of COVID-19 transmission.

[COVID-19] spreads via droplets that are expelled when infected people exhale, cough or sneeze. Others become infected by inhaling these droplets, or touching them on a surface and then touching their face…Since the virus is present in respiratory secretions, it is easy to assume almost any sexual practice would lead to its transmission due to close contact…

Since you can be infected with the virus and not have symptoms, the only reliable way to know if you or your partner are infected is through testing. If you and your partner have no symptoms and have stayed at home, then sex likely poses no risk.

We can contribute to the control of the COVID-19 pandemic by taking a few precautions. We can also learn to thrive differently in times of sexual need. [Below] are a few general recommendations to keep in mind that can reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water before and after you do anything.
  2. If you think you need a face mask, most likely you don’t. Also, there is no evidence that kissing through a mask is a safe practice.
  3. Minimize the risk of contagion by using condoms, dental dams or latex gloves…
  4. Instead of kissing and sexual intercourse, consider variations and alternatives in your sexual activity such as erotic massage, chat rooms, spooning, mutual masturbation, watching or reading erotica, watching your partner pleasure themselves, etc….
  5. Refrain or abstain from your favorite activities to minimize risk (which will make them sweeter at the end, once the storm has passed)…
  6. Stay in tune with your partner, especially if you don’t feel well or simply do not want to engage in any sexual activity.
  7. For the singles out there…it is definitely not the best time to go on a Tinder date or expose yourself to unnecessary risks from new partners. If they really like you, they will wait.

We will overcome this pandemic and hopefully will be able to go back to our regular lives. Maybe then, we can resume our more so-called “dirty” practices.

Bottom line: Now is a good time to exercise your imagination and practice a different kind of safe sex.

Editor’s Note:  The original article ( by Gonzalo R. Quintana Zunino, PhD, Behavioural Neuroscience, Concordia Universityhas been edited ([ ]) and abridged (…) above for the sake of clarity and brevity to ensure a fast and easy.  The author’s views and conclusions are unaltered and no personal comments have been included to maintain the integrity of the original article.  Furthermore, the views, conclusions and any recommendations offered in this article are not to be construed as an endorsement of such by the editor. Also note that this complete paragraph must be included in any re-posting to avoid copyright infringement.

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