There is no evidence that COVID-19 (coronavirus) can be sexually transmitted. But it can be passed on through close contact with someone who has the virus.
Reducing your risk of catching COVID-19
You may not know if someone has COVID-19. 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
- avoiding kissing anyone outside of your household and anyone with symptoms - it is easy to pass on COVID-19 by kissing
- washing your hands properly before and after sex
If you decide to be sexually active with someone living outside of your household, limit it to as few partners as possible, preferably one regular partner.
STI service restrictions
Many public STI services are restricted at this time because of COVID-19. Some services have phone support available.
Pharmacies are open as normal and can give you your usual contraception prescription.
If your hormonal contraception prescription is due for renewal, your pharmacist may be able to provide you with additional supplies if it is safe and appropriate to do so.
You can get emergency (hormonal) contraception without a prescription from your local pharmacy.
Call your pharmacist to see if they can do 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.
Unplanned pregnancy support
My Options provides information and support for unplanned pregnancy. This service is operating as normal.
Freephone: 1800 82 80 10
HSE-funded, face-to-face unplanned pregnancy counselling services have moved their services to phone or remote support.
Abortion services continue to be provided. During the current COVID-19 pandemic, you can have your pre-abortion consultation by phone or video link with a doctor.