Sexual Health

Last Updated: August 27th, 2020

Safer Sex During COVID-19

Consensual sex can be a way of dealing with anxiety or fulfilling and expressing our needs for intimacy. It can also be pleasurable and help pass the time when isolated indoors. But is it safe to have sex during COVID-19? Learn more from this City of Toronto public health document here.

Safer Sex Practices

Tips for practising safer sex during COVID-19 include:

  • Wash your hands before and after having sex, whether alone or with a partner. 
  • Use condoms or a glove or condom cut open to reduce contact during oral or anal sex.
  • Use condoms to protect from sexually transmitted infections.  
  • Clean sex toys and consider covering them with a condom. 
  • Do not share sex toys with others.  
  • Avoid kissing and having sex with a partner, if feeling unwell, or if you have COVID-19. 
  • Avoid having sex if one partner has a health condition that can lead to more severe illness from COVID-19. 

City of Toronto Resources

As always, only have sex with consenting partners. Learn more about how to have safe sex during COVID-19 from the Toronto Public Health Guidelines for Safer Sex during COVID-19.

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