Updated June 10, 2021
At SF City Clinic we want to help you have healthy sex AND stay safe from the coronavirus (COVID-19). Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and your partners from getting COVID-19. Vaccines make it easier to have sex without fear. If you and your partner are both fully vaccinated, wearing a face mask is not necessary to protect you or your partner from COVID-19, including during sex.
SF City Clinic is currently offering the single dose J&J/Janssen vaccine to patients seeking sexual health services. For more information about getting vaccinated at SF City Clinic call: 415-487-5500.
You can find more COVID-19 vaccine sites in San Francisco here.
SF City Clinic is not able to test patients for coronavirus. If you are experiencing respiratory symptoms like cough, fever, or shortness of breath, and are concerned about coronavirus, please contact your primary care provider.
How can we continue to have a healthy sex life in a COVID-19 era? Here are some tips if you’re not vaccinated:
- Get your COVID-19 vaccination.
- Encourage your partners, friends, family and household members to get vaccinated.
- If you are not vaccinated, breathing, panting, shouts and groans, mouths, lips, eyes, spit, semen, anal play, and shared toys are all ways that COVID-19 can spread.
- You are your safest sex partner. Masturbate, use toys, take this time to find out what makes you feel good.
- Unvaccinated individuals can wear masks to protect themselves from getting and transmitting COVID-19, including during sex.
- Talk with partners about COVID-19 and your (and their) vaccination status like other safer sex topics (including PrEP, routine STI testing, condoms, etc). Ask: Have they been vaccinated for COVID-19? Do they have COVID-19 symptoms, or have they had symptoms in the last 10 days? Have they recently been diagnosed with COVID-19?
- Reduce the risk of getting or spreading COVID-19 by avoiding kissing, sexual positions with close face to face contact, and group sex with other unvaccinated individuals for now.
- If you or your partner(s) are feeling sick, skip sex.
- Wash up before and after sex!