Covid and sex: charity issues guidance on reducing infection risk

Covid and sex: charity issues guidance on reducing infection risk

Terrence Higgins Trust advocates face coverings and not using face-to-face positions

Wearing face coverings, avoiding kissing and choosing positions where you are not face to face are among the recommendations from a leading sexual health charity to reduce the risk of catching coronavirus during sex.

Publishing advice on managing the risk, the Terrence Higgins Trust said asking people to abstain indefinitely was not realistic and that people needed to find a way “to balance our need for sex and intimacy with the risks of the spread of Covid-19”.

The guide comes as the charity’s research shows that the number of people seeking new sexual partners fell after the introduction of social-distancing measures in March. It found that people had abstained from sex outside their immediate household because of the restrictions.

After several months of lockdown and partial easing, the trust said it was no longer realistic to ask people to refrain from sex completely.