June 1, 2020
At a time when people everywhere have been tested positive to COVID 19, the question is—can I still have sex with someone who had the COVID 19? Is it safe?
Some experts say the coronavirus isn’t a sexually transmitted disease, that It spreads through such things as coughing, sneezing and saliva and that both semen and vaginal secretions have tested negative for COVID-19, but some other experts as Veerawat Manosutthi, a senior medical expert at the Thai Disease Control Department, stated that COVID-19 survivors can infect their partners by getting intimate within 30 days after testing negative for the coronavirus.
Manosutthi said: “Those who believe themselves to be free of the virus should use condoms when having sex. Kissing should also be avoided as it is also well known that the COVID 19 spreads through the mouth.” Manosutthi based his advice on a recent study, which claimed that traces of the virus were found in the semen of some patients. The study was conducted by doctors at China’s Shangqiu Municipal Hospital. The researchers found that out of the 38 semen samples from COVID-19 patients, traces of the fatal virus were found in six, hinted at the possibility of SARS-CoV-2 spread through sexual intercourse and contradicting then previous studies that claimed the virus cannot be transmitted through sex, They advised coronavirus survivors to not get involved in any kind of sexual encounter for at least 30 days’ post-recovery. The publication quoted the study, published in JAMA: “The presence of viruses in semen may be more common than currently understood, and traditional no sexually transmitted viruses should not be assumed to be totally absent in genital secretions.” Abstinence or condom use might be considered as preventive means for these patients,” it said.