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Sexual Health and COVID-19

There is still a lot to learn about COVID-19 and sex. Recommendations today may change as the situation evolves. Here are some tips for enjoying sex while preventing the spread of COVID-19

  1. Know how COVID-19 is spread.
  2. You can get COVID-19 from a person who has it.
  3. COVID-19 is spread through contact with saliva or mucous and can be spread as far as 2m (6 feet) if someone coughs or sneezes
  4. Have sex with partners that are already close to you. You should avoid close contact – including sex – with anyone outside of your household. If you do have sex with others, have as few partners as possible. If you usually meet your sex partners online, now is the time to take a break from in-person dates. Consider video dating or chat rooms as an alternative.
  5. Skip sex if you or your partner is not feeling well. If you or your partner feel unwell, you may be developing symptoms of COVID-19. Avoid sex and especially kissing to prevent the spread.
  6. Prevent HIV, Sexually transmitted Infections (STI) and unplanned pregnancy. Using condoms is especially important right now. It may be difficult to access health care support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Decrease your risk of infection or unplanned pregnancy by using condoms every time. Make sure you have an effective form of birth control and you know where you can get it.  If you think you have an infection or may be pregnant, contact your health care provider, visit a walk-in clinic or call public health.

Learn more about COVID-19 and sex by reviewing the attached fact sheet prepared by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.

For more information about healthy sexuality, learn about our sexual health clinics, sexually transmitted infections, or birth control.

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Province of Ontario has Declared a Second Provincial Emergency to Address COVID-19 Crisis and Save Lives.  Read more.

Effective Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., the provincial government is issuing a stay-at-home order requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for essential work.

Owner/operators of a businesses, workplaces and/or other community organizations who are unsure of how to adjust operations for COVID-19 are encouraged to visit sector specific guidance regarding provincial lockdown measures at or call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659. If you are unable to find an answer to your questions or need further guidance, please fill out this web form.

During the provincewide shutdown, no indoor social gatherings are permitted, except with members of the same household (the people you live with). Individuals who live alone and single parents may consider having exclusive, close contact with another household. Outdoor gatherings must be limited to 5 individuals, and proper physical distancing must be maintained.

If you are concerned about potential exposure to a positive case of COVID-19, please be reassured that any contacts of a confirmed case will be contacted directly and monitored by public health.

Low-risk and indirect contacts should self monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the time of potential exposure and seek testing if symptoms develop. Low risk contacts do not need to isolate unless symptoms develop, and can continue to attend school/work/daycare while monitoring for symptoms.