It’s important to consider your sexual health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 crisis. While there is no evidence that the virus can be sexually transmitted, it can be passed on through close contact with someone who has the virus.
Reducing your risk of coronavirus during sex
You may not know if someone has coronavirus. Being sexually active with another person involves some risk of getting the virus.
You can reduce this risk by:
- only being sexually active with a partner that you live with who does not have the virus or symptoms of the virus
- avoid kissing anyone outside of your household and anyone with symptoms - kissing can easily pass on coronavirus
- consider using video dates
- wash your hands before and after sex
Service availability and restrictions during the coronavirus crisis
Many public STI services are not currently providing services due to coronavirus. Find out more about these restrictions
Pharmacies will continue to stay open during the coronavirus outbreak and provide you with your usual contraception prescription.
If your prescription is due for renewal, your pharmacist may be able to give you your contraception without a prescription.
You can get emergency (hormonal) contraception without prescription from your local pharmacy.
If you need emergency contraception, phone your pharmacist who may be able to carry out the consultation over the phone. This reduces the amount of time you need to spend in the pharmacy.
Emergency hormonal contraception can be taken up to 5 days after unprotected sex. The sooner you take it, the more effective it is.
You can get emergency contraception without prescription. Phone your pharmacist who may carry out the consultation over the phone.
Crisis pregnancy services
My Options, providing support and information for those with an unplanned pregnancy, is operating as normal.
Face-to-face crisis pregnancy counselling is now available by telephone or remote support.
Abortion services continue to operate as normal.
Public STI services
There are significant restrictions to public STI services because of the coronavirus situation. Find out more about these restrictions.