Expert urges Scots to wear face coverings when having sex during pandemic

A sexual health charity is urging Scots to wear face masks when having sex with their partner during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Terrence Higgins Trust has issued a range of guidelines to take into consideration before getting intimate in the bedroom.

Dr Michael Brady, the medical director at the charity, also suggests avoiding kissing and favouring non-face-to-face positions as best practice.

New lockdown restrictions imposed in Scotland mean that people cannot mix with another household inside a private home.

Couples should consider wearing face coverings and avoid kissing
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However, couples who live apart from one another can form an extended bubble during the tight measures.

Dr Brady says that Scots should only have consensual sex with someone they live with.

He adds that the best sexual partner to have during the pandemic is yourself.

Masturbation, sex toys, or phone and online sex are the safest alternatives to physical sex.

“As with returning to the workplace, going food shopping or getting a long-awaited haircut, our ‘new normal’ involves following government advice, being aware of the Covid-19 risk to ourselves and others and making decisions based on that – and the same applies to sex”, Dr Brady wrote in a blog post from August last year.

Scots should also check to see if their partner has come down with any symptoms of coronavirus before having intercourse.

Evidence suggests that coronavirus can spread through virus particles in saliva, mucus or the breath of those who have it.

It has also been found in semen and faeces, but it doesn’t appear that sex is a common way for Covid-19 to spread.

Dr Brady adds: “If you or your partner are feeling unwell, don’t have sex.

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“If you have any Covid-19 symptoms, it’s important to isolate and get tested. There is no proof that having previously had Covid-19 protects you against getting the infection again.

“Sex should be enjoyable and is an important part of life that may people have been deprived of during lockdown.”

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