BY MADDIE ELLIS
AUGUST 07, 2020 11:14 AM
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Right now, the safest sex is the with yourself, Kelly-Jones said.
Masturbation brings a low level of infection but can also yield sexual pleasure and intimacy that many seek during social-distancing.
Other options for how to have sex with someone outside of your household is to wear masks, a suggestion issued by a commentary from Harvard researchers in May.
However, there have been preliminary studies to determine if COVID-19 can be transmitted sexually. Kelly-Jones said there is more work to be done on that hypothesis, and that COVID-19 has been found in the sperm of people who have the coronavirus.
The International Society for the Study of Women’s Health, which Kelly-Jones is a member of, issued a position statement in May on COVID-19 and sex. ISSWSH stated that kissing and other forms of sexual contact can transmit the virus. “ISSWSH supports social distancing for all casual acquaintances, for discordant couples, or when either member of a couple is possibly infected,” the organization stated. “The new “really safe” sex in many cases may require “e-sex,” (i.e. Skype, FaceTime, Zoom, etc.).”
Kelly-Jones emphasized that the decision to date and become intimate during this time is an individual one.
“A lot of it is just on your comfort level — what are you comfortable with?” Kelly-Jones asked.
“Everybody has to kind of take into account the risk versus the benefit of everything that they do, including exposure to the virus,” she said.