It’s official: Coronavirus has been detected in a semen sample.
The virus’ spread beyond the lungs has already been observed, as it can be detected in the gastrointestinal tract, kidneys, heart, and liver. Now the virus has been detected in the ejaculate of infected individuals in a cohort study of 50 patients. It’s unclear whether the viral particles are viable and capable of spreading the coronavirus to others. It’s entirely possible that the viral particles are effectively “dead” and cannot infect another person.
There is also no evidence to show that the virus is in vaginal fluid. While you can still get the virus from having sex with someone, it’s more likely to be through the transfer of saliva or fecal matter.
With that in mind, Planned Parenthood recommends being cautious and using barriers such as condoms and dental dams to avoid contracting COVID-19 and other viruses.
The American Sexual Health Association recommends that you are “your safest sexual partner,” during coronavirus. The next safest is someone with whom you cohabitate. ASHA recommends avoiding having sex with anyone outside of your household as well as beginning new partnerships at this time.
An abundance of caution is behind these recommendations, even though the limited evidence available still suggests it is unlikely to be a sexually transmittable disease.