Health officials recommend 'glory holes' for safe sex during the pandemic

Health officials have urged people to use ‘glory holes’ while having sex to protect themselves against any potential coronavirus threat.

Guidance, published by the BC Centre for Disease Control in Canada, states that using a ‘barrier, like walls (e.g., glory holes)’ allows for sexual contact but prevents ‘close face-to-face contact’ which could put a person at risk.

It also recommends lovers wear a face covering or mask during intercourse, and ‘choose sexual positions that limit face-to-face contact’.

Glory holes are holes cut into a thin partition, such as a wall, that are large enough for a penis to be inserted through. They allow for two people to have sexual contact with one another while remaining in separate rooms or spaces.

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Coronavirus has previously been found in semen and faeces, but is not yet clear if it can be transmitted through sex. However it could be transmitted through saliva and cough droplets, which means kissing someone with the virus is likely to be risky.

Health experts advise avoiding or limiting kissing to be safe. They also recommend using condoms, lubricant and dental dams to further minimise the risk of infection, and also protect against sexually transmitted diseases.

People should also wash their body and hands with soap and water before and after sex, the BC Centre for Disease Control said. Sex toys should be cleaned before and after use and not shared with multiple partners.

Earlier this year New York citizens were also offered similar advice about having sexual contact with a barrier in place. Guidance from NYC Health told people to ‘make it a little kinky’ and ‘be creative with sexual positions and physical barriers, like walls’.

Officials also recommended couples masturbate together instead of touching each other at all and advising ‘skipping’ sex altogether if they or their partner are feeling unwell.

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