It’s been almost nine months since the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared COVID-19 as pandemic, guys. How has COVID-19 affected your sex life? Did you stop dating/hooking up and opted for masturbation instead?
Because of the restrictions and new dating rules due to COVID-19 constantly lurking around us, people’s sex lives around the world had definitely changed during this pandemic.
According to this study, couples quarantining together had found a way to cope with the stress brought about by the pandemic and that is by having lots of sex. In the same study, 24 percent of over 9,000 respondents had confirmed that the pandemic has “positively affected their sex lives.”
What about gay men though especially the single ones?
An article from California Healthline said that “gay men had begun to embrace a ‘new normal'” and talked about how COVID-19 had affected gay men’s sexual behavior. The article cited Dr. Jeffrey Klausner’s patient observations since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic wherein he found that a lot of his gay patients have “dramatically changed their sexual behavior.”
Dr. Klausner, an Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology in the Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA, noted that many gay men had “shrugged off the need for routine screenings for sexually transmitted diseases.” Dr. Klausner related, “They say, ‘I haven’t had any contact since I saw you last, so there’s no need to do any STD tests.”
Over time however, “People are starting to think about a return to engaging [in sex],” when states have started to loosen up COVID-19 restrictions, Dr. Klausner said, “and are asking me, are there ways they can remain safe from COVID-19?”
Further, an online study conducted last April regarding COVID-19’s impact on the sexual health of 1051 American men who have sex with men (MSM) revealed the following:
- because of COVID-19 and social distancing, majority of the study participants had “fewer sex partners and opportunities to have sex nor do they have plans to manage it”
- there have been a decreased use of dating or hook-up apps among the study participants for sex while there have been a “substantial” increase in app usage in order “to connect with other men but not to meet them in person.”
- an increase in HIV and STI incidence among MSM is possible if the men experience “sustained interruptions in HIV/STI services.” Read the study in full here.
How true are these things for you guys? Did you—just like Dr. Klausner had observed from his gay patients—initially ignore the need for routine screenings for sexually transmitted diseases during the start of the coronavirus pandemic? Did you use Adam4Adam app and website more in order to connect with other A4A users online “but not to meet them in person?”
Before we bid you goodbye for the day, we would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that further studies are needed to determine whether or not COVID-19 can be transmitted through semen and whether swallowing it means risking infection. Studies show however, that the presence of the virus has been detected in the semen of people who contracted COVID-19.
Then there is, of course, the matter of HIV and other STDs as well so please do not forget to practice safe sex, guys. Also, you may want to read our friendly reminder on how to navigate sex in the time COVID-19 here.
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