At a time when people everywhere are confined to their homes due to COVID-19, looking for ways to stay entertained, the question is—can I still poke? Is it safe?
American Se_xual Health Association reports that people can still poke, but with precautions.
What we know right now is that covid-19 is a respiratory disease, so direct contact with saliva can transmit the virus. While it has not yet been found in sem_en or vagi_nal fluid, it has been found in feces of people who are infected. As always, cond0ms and dental dams can reduce the risk and reduce contact with saliva and feces during anal and oral se_x or oral/anal contact.
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has offered some excellent guidance on safer se_x during these times. Here are a few basic tips from NYC Health on how to enjoy se_x and to avoid spreading COVID-19:
You are your safest se_x partner. Mastur_bation will not spread COVID-19, especially if you wash your hands (and any se_x toys) with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after se_x.
The next safest partner is someone you live with. Having close contact including se_x with only a small circle of people helps prevent spreading COVID-19.
You should avoid close contact — including se_x with anyone outside your household. If you do have se_x with others, have as few partners as possible.
If you usually meet your se_x partners online or make a living by having se_x, consider taking a break from in-person dates. Video dates, se_xting or chat rooms may be options for you.
ASHA expert H. Hunter Handsfield also offers some good summary advice: “We would strongly recommend se_xually active persons be very selective in their se_xual partnerships, pay attention to partners’ health, and limit new partnerships to the fewest possible. The lowest se_xual risk of course will exist for mutually monogamous couples.”
For couples from whom preg_nancy is a concern, don’t forget contraception as well. Once again, cond0ms (both internal and external) can fill that role, and telemedicine options are available as well, if you can’t venture out to a clinic or pharmacy.
— Daily Sun