COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus. Covid-19 is highly contagious and as such has had a dramatic effect on our day to day lives.
To help stop the spread of coronavirus everyone has been asked to stay local and follow the health advice on hse.ie.
While there is no evidence that coronavirus can be sexually transmitted, it can be passed on through close contact with someone who has the virus.
Sex is an important part of life. While the recommendation is that we avoid hooking-up for sex, the reality is that some men will continue to do so. To make this as safe as possible here are some guidelines around having sex during the Covid -19 pandemic.
You may not know if someone has coronavirus. Being sexually active with another person involves some risk of getting the virus. You can reduce this risk by following the advice below.
Sexual activity can carry the risk of getting an STI and HIV. It is important to take the usual safer sex precautions. Many public STI services are not currently providing services due to coronavirus. Find out more about these restrictions.
There is no evidence to suggest that people on PrEP or HIV treatment have additional protection against Covid-19.
Currently there are significant restrictions to public STI services because of Covid-19. Find out more about these restrictions.
Some STI testing clinics, while closed, may provide services in the case of emergencies. If you have symptoms, don’t ignore them. Contact your nearest clinic and leave a detailed message with your name and contact telephone number so that a staff member can call you back. You can also contact your GP who may provide STI testing services.
PREP and PEP
PrEP – current PrEP patients are being contacted and reviewed by telephone with clinic appointments as needed. New PrEP referrals are being accepted and phone clinic appointments are being provided.
PEP is still available during these restrictions. If you have had a recent exposure to HIV, it is important to take urgent action. Contact your nearest Hospital Emergency Department where PEP is available or contact your local sexual health clinic.
This information was last updated on 21 July 2020 and is subject to change depending on evolving restrictions and evidence linked to coronavirus.