Sex and coronavirus (COVID-19)
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 follow the health advice on hse.ie.
While there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be sexually transmitted, it can be passed on through close contact with someone who has the virus.
Remember, proper hand washing, respiratory hygiene and physical distancing are even more important as coronavirus restrictions are eased. Don’t ignore or delay seeking medical advice if you have symptoms. Phone your GP or out-of-hours services for a free coronavirus consultation. They will refer you for a COVID-19 test if needed. The coronavirus consultation and test is free if you are an Irish or Non-Irish National and not registered with a local GP. If you are feeling very unwell, phone 112 or 999.
Sex is a vital part of our lives and recognised as an important part of maintaining mental and physical health. Stopping or adjusting your regular sexual patterns may be challenging and problematic. The following guidelines have been created to help you to make changes to reduce your risk of getting COVID-19.
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.
Read more about consent here.
Many public STI services are at limited capacity and others are not currently providing services due to Covid-19. Contact your local STI clinic or GP to check their testing service availability. 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.
This information was adapted from the information on the HSE Sex and Coronavirus (COVID-19) website page and the NYC Safer Sex and Covid guidance. This page was last updated on 18 August 2020 and is subject to change depending on evolving restrictions and evidence linked to coronavirus.