How to have safer sex during Covid-19
As the vaccines against Covid-19 are beginning to be rolled out, we’ve seen a number of dating and hook-up apps adding a new bio field that lets people indicate their vaccination status.
The team at Gaydar have confirmed that this is not something that we’ll be seeing on Gaydar.net.
“While adding a Covid-19 status to dating apps may seem like a good idea, our experience with HIV showed us that this is likely to be counter-productive…” explains John Edwards, Managing Director of Gaydar. “We need to be encouraging everyone to get vaccinated and to understand how to minimise the risks of viral transmission. Being able to tick a box that says you don’t have Covid – which can’t be verified by the app in any way – is likely to give people false confidence and isn’t a meaningful way to keep our community safe.”
How to have safe sex during Covid-19
During the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, the public health guidance about sexual encounters pretty much gave us three options – have sex with someone you live with, abstinence, or put your energy into masturbation.
As we move into these next stages of the pandemic, things aren’t as clear-cut.
Here’s some hints and tips on how to have some fun while also being mindful about trying to minimise the risks of Covid-19.
Some countries are further advanced in their roll-out of vaccine solutions than others, but if you have the opportunity to be vaccinated against Covid-19 then you should get vaccinated.
Getting vaccinated not only protects your health, and helps prevent the transmission of the virus, but widespread vaccination is our clearest path to being able to reopen our cities, reopen our borders, and to reconnect with each other.
Physical contact with another person clearly increases your potential exposure to the Covid-19 virus.
If you’re horned-up and need to get off, taking matters into your own hands is a pragmatic way of having your sexual needs met without exposing yourself or others to the risk of viral transmission
If you need to scratch that itch and you’re hooking up with someone outside of your household, it’s sensible to proactively ask some questions.
Have they been vaccinated? Are they showing any symptoms of the virus? Have they been tested recently?
You also need to be conscious of your own health and well-being. Have you been vaccinated? How are you feeling? Do you have any underlying health conditions that might increase the impact of the virus on you?
Keep it intimate
For lots of us, we’re used to hooking up with a variety of different people, and it’s not always one-on-one action.
Try and minimise your risk by limiting the number of sexual partners you’re connecting with.
Try and find a regular fuck-buddy or two – consistency and repeat business are going to help keep you safe.
That doesn’t mean that threesomes or fourgies are out of the questions, but don’t invite the whole neighbourhood.
Make safety sexy
Because the virus can be transmitted via your spit, kissing isn’t a great idea. Rimming is another thing that you need to be a bit careful with – there’s indications that the virus can be transmitted through ass-to-mouth action.
Wearing a mask during sex may feel a bit weird, but it can help keep you and your hook-up safe. Find a fetish mask that adds a bit of kink to the mix, or maybe this is the time to explore some puppy play?
Physical barriers – such as walls – can help minimise the risk of viral transmission while giving you access to the bits of his body that you’re interested in. That’s right, this is the perfect time to embrace your glory hole and under-stall action fantasies.
Keep it clean
However you’re hooking up, hygiene has never been more important. Wash your hands. Have some hand-sanitiser with you. Have a shower when you get home.