If you must have sex with someone outside of your household or social bubble, dispense with the kissing and consider wearing a mask, says Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada. While it sounds silly, the suggestions are scientifically sound. From Dr. Tam's statement issued this week:
The lowest risk sexual activity during COVID-19 involves yourself alone. If you choose to engage in an in-person sexual encounter with someone outside of your household or close contacts bubble, there are some steps you can take to reduce your risk. The most important step is to establish a trusting relationship with your sexual partner. When engaging in sexual activity you can reduce your risk by:
* Monitoring yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 and not having sex if you or your partner is experiencing symptoms;
* Limiting your use of alcohol and other substances so you and your partner(s) are able to make safe decisions;
* Skipping kissing and avoiding face-to-face contact or closeness;
* Being aware if you or your partner may be at higher risk for more severe outcomes of COVID-19. This includes:
–people of any age with underlying medical conditions;–
–people with compromised immune systems; and
–people living with obesity.
As usual, engaging in safer sex practices, including using condoms, knowing your own STI status and the status of your partner.