UK Sexual Health Clinic Advises Safer Sex Measures for COVID-19

UK Sexual Health Clinic Advises Safer Sex Measures for COVID-19

If the advice and conversations about safer sex practices remind you of the conversations about reducing sexually transmitted infections (STIs), you’re not imagining things. A UK-based sexual health clinic, the Terrence Higgins Trust, recently released guidelines of safer sex recommendations to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 specific to the pandemic but with familiar advice.

As with all advice prior to this, engaging in sexual activity with a partner in your household is safest. No partner? Masturbation is your friend. But if you are going to engage in sex with someone outside your home or with a new partner, the clinic offers a string of things you should do to stay as safe as possible.

Wear a mask during all sexual encounters. Use condoms or dental dams for any oral sex: cunnilingus, blowjobs, and rimming. Continue washing your hands on a regular basis — which is good advice after sex, in general, as your fingers might be a tad sticky. With a new partner, it’s also important to discuss risk reduction and how you plan to reduce exposure to coronavirus for yourself — and for them. If this sounds similar to the way you might talk about condoms, birth control, or STI testing with a new partner, you’re not wrong.

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