It’s the weekend - usually a time to get dressed up, hit the bars & clubs and maybe find somebody to get down’n’dirty with. Or perhaps you’re more of a Grindr kind of guy or gal, sitting at home and sorting out some pleasure of the flesh from the comfort of your own sofa.
Well, whichever you are, this weekend and for any number of future weekends, the message from the nation as a whole is a loud and clear, Forget it!
It’s vital during this coronavirus crisis to ignore your instincts and avoid hooking up with anybody. And we make no apologies for once again drawing your attention to the advice given by LGBT charity Terrence Higgins Trust’s medical director, Dr Michael Brady.
So read what Dr Brady has to say below, forget dating apps, stay indoors and stay safe. Just for now, we all need to accept that weekends ain’t what they used to be!
Dr Brady says...
“The country is now on lockdown to slow the spread of coronavirus and that has to include not hooking up for sex.
“I've never been an advocate of promoting abstinence, but this message is not about protecting your sexual health: it’s about protecting your general health and those around you from a virus that can be deadly. This is extraordinary and unprecedented advice for us to be giving out, but these are extraordinary and unprecedented times.
“This follows the new measures which have been announced by the government telling everyone to stay at home, to stop face-to-face socialising, to stop all non-essential journeys and to limit our movement to activities like going out to the nearest shop for food and one form of exercise a day. In addition, as announced by the prime minister, you must also stay away from anyone outside your immediate household to stop the virus being spread from one household to another.
“This advice means that, unless you have sex with someone within your household, it’s important to find sexual pleasure in other ways. Despite the situation with COVID-19, we need to remember that sex is an important part of life, but right now we have to find other ways to achieve sexual pleasure and satisfaction.
“It’s only natural that we look to sex for pleasure, to relieve stress and anxiety or simply to pass the time - whether that’s with a regular partner or using hook-up apps. But our ‘new normal’ is that we have to find ways to do this while sticking to the advice to stay at home. This isn't just to protect ourselves against the coronavirus but also to protect the most vulnerable in our society.
“I never thought I'd say this, but the reality is that, for the time being, you are your safest sexual partner. It's time to stay at home, stop close contact with people outside our household and to be creative about how we manage our sex lives.”
You can read more from Dr Brady about Covid-19 & sex at tht.org.uk
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