Prevent corona during sex

When you have sex, you run a risk of contracting coronavirus, or to pass it on. Read how to reduce the risk.

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Prevent coronavirus:
- before sex
- during sex
- after sex

Extra risk of coronavirus during sex and intimacy

You can get and pass on the coronavirus in all kinds of circumstances. The risk is greater with sex because you are in contact with each other intensively for a longer period of time. The more people you have sex with, the greater the risk. When you kiss, the risk increases even more. Even if you are intimate with people without having sex (for example, cuddling), you run this risk.

The purpose of the corona measures is to prevent the spread of the virus. Face masks and plexiglass screens ensure that fewer virus particles are spread. There are strong indications that a smaller amount of virus will make you less sick than a larger amount of virus would.

Sex with your own partner(s)

You live together or see each other regularly. You do not keep a distance of 1.5 meters when you see each other. Having sex or intimacy does not increase the risk of coronavirus. Make agreements together on how to keep the virus out. Read here what you need to do if one of you gets (symptoms of) coronavirus Lees hier wat je jullie moeten doen als een van jullie (symptomen van) corona krijgt

Protect your partner

Is one of you older than 70 or does one of you have a weakened immune system, is overweight or has a lung or heart condition Then it is extra important to protect your partner: limit your contacts with other people and if needed also with each other. You do not want to bring the virus home to your partner.

For sex with people outside of your relationship, the same advice applies as described below. Keep in mind that you can infect your partner if you"bring the virus home" through other sex partners.

What can you do before you have sex?

Limit your contacts

The chance that you will contract or pass on coronavirus increases when you interact with more people. This applies to sexual contact but also to social contact within 1.5 meters. You don't know how many other people your sex partner has interacted with. We therefore recommend that you limit the number of sex partners. It is easier to make arrangements with one or more regular sex buddies (corona buddies) than with strangers.
The more corona buddies you have, the more difficult it becomes to make good arrangements and stick to your promises. One buddy to bridge this period is therefore best to keep the risk low.

So no group sex for a while

It's best not to have any group sex now. The risk is high if you have group sex and it is very difficult to minimise this risk. If you want to have group sex anyway, please read on. Especially with a group of strangers, it is almost impossible to make any agreements. It might be a bit easier to make arrangements with a group of trusted people. But still, the more people, the greater the chance one of them carries the coronavirus. Do you choose to have sex in a group anyway? Then at least agree with the rest of the group that people with symptoms of COVID-19 will stay at home. Symptoms are fever, cold, sneezing, cough, chest tightness, loss of smell and/or taste.Exchange phone numbers
Write down phone numbers of all participants of a house party. So that everyone can be warned if someone tests positive for coronavirus. Are you tested positive for coronavirus after you had an orgy? Then inform the host and all participants whose cotnact details you have. This is also important when you test positive for an STI.
Please note: it is temporarily prohibited to have more than 2 guests per day. A house party that disturbes the neighbours may result in the police ending the party and giving fines.

Assess your risk

Before meeting, talk about how much risk you run if you decide to have sex. think of the following:

  1. Discuss the chance

    How much risk do I run of being infected with coronavirus? 

    This depends on where you live and with how many people you are in contact with. Especially in areas where there are many infections (hot spots), chances are higher that you would cotnract the virus too. RIVM keeps a map with the number of coronavirus infections per region.Corona in your network
    The risk also strongly increases when coronavirus occurs in your network or that of your sexual partner. It is therefore wise to check together whether you know people who have coronavirus at this moment.
    that one of you has come into contact with the coronavirus through sex or social contact;
  2. There is always a risk of corona transmission during sex or intimacy. Discuss with your partner before you have sex whether you want to run this risk. It is usually worse to get coronavirus if you are older, overweight or in poor health, such as a lung or heart condition.
    If you are willing to run a higher risk yourself (for example, by having many sex partners), try to reduce the risk of others contracting the virus through you. For example, by not visiting your parents and by taking extra care of all the measures;
  3. Always ask your sex partner if he has symptoms of COVID-19 (coronavirus). These are: fever, cold, sneezing, cough, chest tightness, loss of smell and/or taste. Stay at home if you have these symptoms yourself. And certainly do not have sex with others. Also don't do that if you have been warned for coronavirus and got the advice to stay in quarantine;
  4. If one of you already has had COVID-19 (proven by a test), then it seems a little less likely that you will be infected again Recontamination
    It is not yet clear whether or not you can get coronavirus after you have been cured of it. The WHO and RIVM do confirm that it is unlikely that you can get COVID-19 again 'in the short term'. especially if you were seriously ill. But new research shows that antibodies against the virus have disappeared after just a few months in most patients. In practice, this means that you are unlikely to get sick again if you have recently had COVID-19 and have been completely cured. But this is not 100% guaranteed.
    . But it is still possible. 

Wait for 10 days

It can take up to 10 days before coronavirus makes you sick. So discuss whether you want to wait 10 days before having sex. In these days pay close attention to the corona rules and do not be intimate with anyone else. Do not meet  if you develop symptoms consistent with corona during these 10 days (fever, cold, sneezing, cough, chest tightness, loss of smell and/or taste). 

What can you do during your date to prevent corona?

Consider sex at a distance

Do you want to completely rule out the risk of corona and still enjoy sex or intimacy? Then these are your options:

  1. You do not meet. Stick to webcamming, chatting, etc. Note: sending pics has other risks. Unfortunately, sending erotic photos or videos is not without risks. Someone could share the pics without your consent with others or put them on the internet. Or threaten you with doing this, to extort you. So please be careful when you share your pics. Always make sure your face is not visible on any photos or videos. ;
  2. You do meet, but you keep 1.5 meters distance during the date. When you have sex, you have solo sex at least 1.5 meters apart (stripping, masturbating, playing with dildos or other toys).

Washing hands and exchange telephone numbers

If you decide to have sex together, please go through the following steps at the start of your date:

  1. Shower before you go and wash your hands and genitals with soap and water when you arrive at your date; Your hands could have been in contact with the virus on the way. And you might have touched your genitals if you have been to the bathroom.
  2. You could get acquainted at 1.5. meters distance. If you decide not to have sex based on your introduction, you will have not run any unnecessary risk;
  3. Exchange telephone numbers so that you can warn each other if one of you gets tested positive for coronavirus. When one of you turns out to have an STI, it is important to warn the other too;
  4. Some people use a face mask during sex. It is not clear whether this really reduces the risk of coronavirus transmission. 

Positions and aids to prevent coronavirus

Sexual postitions such as doggy style absolutely do not guarantee that you will not get or pass on the coronavirus. A glory hole does lessen the chance of infection considerably. Read more. You reduce the risk of coronavirus mostly before you have sex, by hygiene and limiting your other contacts. Yet people also try to limit the risk in many ways during sex. These ways are no guarantee to safety. However, they might make the sex less enjoyable.Glory hole
A home made glory hole (for example a shower curtain with a hole in it to stick your penis through) is just as effective as a plexiglass screen at a checkout: it stops the large drops of saliva. This reduces the chance of coronavirus transmission.
Positions such as doggystyle or not kissing each other are not a guarantee against corona transmission. You are still close together. In combination with face masks (as long as you use them properly) or a full-face helmet, it makes sense. But it will probably be less fun. 
Very good ventilation or outdoor sex can partly reduce the risk. Please note: there are no hard guarantees. if you have sex with someone who has the coronavirus, there is always a chance that they will pass it on to you.

What can you do after sex?

Be careful with other contacts

It can take up to 10 days before coronavirus makes you sick. That is why it is wise to keep a distance to vulnerable people for a while after you've had sex. So do not visit your grandmother in the week after you've had sex. 

If you get coronavirus symptoms after sex

If you get symptoms of coronavirus within 10 days after you've had sex, get tested! Symptoms are fever, cold, sneezing, cough, chest tightness, loss of smell and/or taste. Stay at home until you have the test results! You can read what to do if you or a house mate gets (symptoms of) coronavirus.

Warn partners

Do you test positive for coronavirus? Then inform the people you have been in close contact with, such as your sex partners, colleagues, roommates etc. They only have to get tested if they develop symptoms. Thanks to your warning, they can recognise symptoms and take action sooner. The same goes for STIs. If you test positive for an STI, the GGD can help you to warn your sex partners anonymously.


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