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  A summary of the current advice
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  This page was last updated on the 28th of June 2020  
 

COVID-19 is a highly infectious disease that can affect your lungs and airways and, in some cases, it can cause fatal or severe health complications.

COVID-19 can be transmitted through close contact with an infected person or physical contact with contaminated objects and surfaces.

The current medical advice (in Ireland) is not to kiss or have sex with anyone outside of your household. Doing so can put you and other members of your household at risk of COVID-19.

Instead, consider video dates, chatting online or meeting in a socially distant setting such as a park, café or restaurant.

Please bear the above in mind when contacting other members who may now be following these guidelines despite what their advert or profile says.

If you do have sex, it is important to limit your interactions to as few partners as possible. You may not know if someone has COVID-19 so being sexually active with another person involves some risk of getting the virus. You can reduce this risk by following the advice below :

  • Use condoms or dental dams during oral or anal sex.
  • Wash before and after sex. This is more important than ever.
  • Thoroughly clean sex toys before and after each use.
  • Avoid rimming as it might spread COVID-19.
  • Avoid sex and especially kissing if your partner has symptoms of coronavirus (fever, cough, shortness of breath.)
  • Avoid sex if you or your partner has a medical condition that can lead to a serious illness (e.g., lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, cancer or a weakened immune system.)
Much of the advice above was sourced from man2man.ie. Please visit their site for further information and resources on this subject including downloadable PDFs available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

See also Gov.ie for the latest COVID-19 information and guidelines.