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Sexual Health Week: If you're thinking of dating again, here’s what to keep in mind
Monday, 14 September · 2 min read

If you’re thinking about dating or having sex with someone new, you might be wondering how to do it safely.

Although there’s no way to completely reduce your risk from coronavirus, there are steps you can take to have a safe-as-possible love life.

The virus is spread by respiratory droplets released when an infected person coughs, sneezes or breathes out. So you should follow social distancing guidelines on your date, says Dr Michael Brady, Medical Director for sexual health charity the Terrence Higgins Trust.

This means keeping at least 2 metres away from the other person and wearing a face mask in public.

It’s best not to touch or kiss on dates, says Dr Brady. And if you, your date or anyone either of you live with has recently had coronavirus symptoms, you should meet another time.

If you don’t feel comfortable meeting in person, you could try having a video date instead.

And if you’re thinking about getting physical with someone new, it's important to remember that you're more likely to catch coronavirus because sex involves being physically close.

Dr Brady doesn’t advise having sex outside your household or social bubble, but says if you do there are ways to reduce the risk. You should:

  • limit the number of people you have sex with
  • wash your hands before and after sex
  • use condoms
  • wear a mask
  • avoid kissing
  • use positions where you’re not face to face
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