Just because our image here is straight, doesn’t mean the rules are straight.

In Australia, there is much discussion about how to safely integrate casual sex into a post COVID-19 lockdown society. The basic rules apply, wash your hands, practice general social distancing and don’t hook up if unwell.

The Australian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) has come on board to issue some guidelines for how to have casual sex as we all re-emerge from our COVID-19 safe spaces.

The guidelines go as far as to suggest:

“Have an encounter that does not involve touching,” is one tip, or have “online encounters” via webcams, apps and texting.

But most people will likely want to get physical. If that’s the case, consider washing or showering beforehand and engaging in “short encounters”.

Given the main transmission method for COVID-19 is through exhaled droplets, the new normal sex advice is to say no to snogging.

“Avoid kissing, saliva exchange, face touching … and positions which involved face-to-face contact.

“Have sex that reduces the amount of contact with bodily secretions, use condoms and dental dams to reduce contact with saliva, semen, vaginal secretions etc,” the ASHM task force memo advised.

Objects shouldn’t be shared that may have bodily fluids on them while sex toys and other surfaces should be cleaned frequently. Wash sheets after sex to give the virus, if it’s there at all, the flick.

For more information, check out the ASHM website here.

(Please note, AJAX Books is not affiliated with ASHM we are just passing on info we read.)


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