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While all the usual precautions against sexually transmitted diseases should still be practised, the coronavirus pandemic has added another layer of complexity to sexual intimacy…

Condoms are not the only thing recommended for casual hook-ups. According to official advice from the New York City health department, lovers need to get creative. The document, which was released in March, suggests being creative with sexual positions.

It even suggests physical barriers – like walls – that limit sexual contact. Yes, they are suggesting glory holes! Just not in so many words. They also suggested that partners refrain from kissing.

Masturbating together while wearing masks was also recommended in order to reduce the risk of the spread of the virus.

“Washing up before and after sex is more important than ever,” states the document.

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  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Wash sex toys with soap and warm water
  • Disinfect keyboards and touch screens that you share with others

The Big Apple is not the only city advocating for safer sex during the pandemic. According to reports, the B.C. Centre for Disease Control in Canada also suggested ‘glory holes’ to curb the spread of the virus.

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Covid-19 was found in a small sample of semen from infected men. According to Medical Brief, Chinese researchers tested the sperm of 38 men hospitalised with coronavirus, and picked up evidence of Covid-19 in 16% of them. While most experts said the findings were not cause for major concern, they did emphasise the need for lovers to be extra cautious during the pandemic.

“We do not know if Covid-19 can be spread through vaginal or anal sex,” said the NYC document. “We know that other coronaviruses do not easily spread through sex. This means sex is not likely a common way that Covid-19 spreads.”

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The document also has advice for sex workers:

“If you usually meet your sex partners online or make a living by having sex, consider taking a break from in-person dates. Video dates, sexting, subscription-based fan platforms, sexy “Zoom parties” or chat rooms may be options for you.”

“Drive-thru strip club”

In June, South Africa’s first drive-through strip club was launched at Candy’s Revue Bar in Port Elizabeth. In order to protect clients and staff, the dancers wear face masks and perform for clients who watch the show from their cars. The clients can also order take-away snacks.