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- COVID-19 is not a sexually transmitted infection (STI), however, it can be passed on through close contact when you have sex or are intimate with someone.
- In some places, people are being advised to avoid sex with people they don’t live with in order to avoid passing on the virus.
- Having sex with a partner you live with is OK, as long as you don’t have any symptoms of COVID-19.
- If you or a partner have COVID-19 symptoms, you should keep your distance and avoid having sex for 14 days.
- There are lots of ways to have sexual pleasure, or to feel intimate with your partner, without getting physical– like masturbation, sex toys, and phone or webcam sex.
- If you decide to have sex with someone you don’t live with, you should take precautions to reduce the risk of passing COVID-19 on.
- Sexual health services – including for family planning, contraception and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) – may be disrupted by COVID-19. Speak to your health care provider for more information.