Govt’s strange COVID-19 sex advice
Having sex while wearing a mask is among the strange recommendations on an official NSW Health website that explains how to be intimate during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The website begins by attempting to allay fears of how COVID-19 could be spread during sex.
"While one study from China did find traces of COVID-19 in semen, there is currently no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 can be passed on through semen or vaginal fluids," the website reads.
"What we do know for sure is that COVID-19 is transmitted via respiratory droplets (saliva, snot … basically anything that sprays out of your mouth or nose).
"And having sex without sharing respiratory droplets is pretty hard (and probably not that much fun!)."
PlaySafe offers the revelation that sex with a partner who is living with you is safe.
"If you're living with your partner sex is probably okay, as you are already sharing space and being in close quarters," the website reads.
The website discourages people from having casual sex, but offers some risk reduction strategies for those going ahead regardless - the most puzzling being a suggestion sex could be had with a mask on.
"Wear a three-layer mask to cover your nose and mouth if you can," the website reads. It also advises "avoid kissing" and "wear condoms and dental dams".
An article on PlaySafe even suggests "mutual masturbation" although it maintains "the safest form of sex during COVID-19 is solo sex."
PlaySafe recommends mutual masturbation should be done at a distance, including staying "a minimum of 1.5 metres (apart) at all times".
"Consider wearing masks to minimise the risk of COVID-19 even further, or even take the fun online," the NSW Health advice states.
Other advice includes "hot messaging" with someone, using sex toys, having phone sex and using intimate video chat.
Originally published as Govt's strange COVID-19 sex advice