Sex partners should wear a mask and avoid kissing – Canadian Lead MD

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Dr. Theresa Tam, Canadian Lead Medical Doctor, and Chief Public Health Officer, Public Health Agency of Canada. Photo credit: ctvnews.ca

 

 

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COVID-19 Pandemic: Sex partners to wear nose and mouth-covering mask and avoid kissing during sexual activities – Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer

Sexual partners who engage in sexual activities must avoid face-to-face contact or closeness and a mask that covers the nose and mouth they do not have coronavirus symptoms

 

Sex partners have been advised to wear face masks and avoid kissing during sexual activities according to Canada’s lead medical doctor, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer.

Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer of Public Health Agency of Canada, delivered a public statement on Wednesday on how sexual partners can stay safe from the virus when engaging in sexual activities, according to a media report.

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The delivered public statement, though reiterating sexual health is an important part of our overall health, warned that the risks have increased for partners engaging with people outside their household as sex as become complicated in the present COVID-19 health crisis.

Dr. Theresa Tam further revealed that sex should be avoided if either partner had COVID-19 symptoms since the lowest risk sexual activity in the COVID-19 pandemic crisis lies in the individual only.

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer suggested that reducing risk for people who engage in an in-person sexual encounter outside their sexual partners includes avoiding face-to-face contact or closeness and a mask that covers the nose and mouth as well as establishing a trusted relationship between the sexual partners.

The statement further stated that sexual activity with new partners does increase the risk of getting or passing COVID-19 through close contact, like kissing, even though the people involved do not have symptoms and current evidence indicates there is a very low likelihood of contracting the novel coronavirus infection through semen or vaginal fluids.

Dr. Theresa Tam also suggested that limiting the use of alcohol and other substances between sexual partners is indeed a safe decision to make.

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