To help stop the spread of coronavirus everyone has been asked to stay local. While there is no evidence that coronavirus can be sexually transmitted, it can be passed on through close contact with someone who has the virus.
You may not know if someone has coronavirus. Being sexually active with another person involves some risk of getting the virus. You can reduce this risk by following the advice below.
Sexual activity can carry the risk of getting an STI and unplanned pregnancy. It is important to take the usual safer sex precautions.
Contraception prescriptions –Pharmacists can continue to provide you with your usual contraception prescription. If your prescription is due for renewal, and you’re not in a position to get a new prescription, your pharmacist may be able to provide you with additional supplies of your contraception, if it is safe and appropriate to do so.
Emergency Contraception – You can get emergency (hormonal) contraception without prescription from your local pharmacy as usual. Pharmacies will continue to stay open during the coronavirus outbreak and emergency contraception consultations with pharmacists will continue. If you need emergency contraception, phone your pharmacist, who may be able to carry out the consultation over the phone, before you go to the pharmacy for the medicine. This will reduce 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.
My Options provides support and information for those experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. The service continues to operate as normal during this time. Freephone 1800 828 010 or visit myoptions.ie.
HSE-funded, face-to-face unplanned pregnancy counselling services have moved their services to phone or remote support. They continue to provide the same level of service. You can find their contact details on myoptions.ie.
Abortion services will continue to be provided. During the current COVID-19 public health emergency, it may not be possible or suitable for you to attend a doctor in person to access abortion services. You can have your pre-abortion consultation by phone or video link with a doctor. Find out more information on myoptions.ie
Currently there are significant restrictions to public STI services because of the coronavirus situation. Find out more about these restrictions.
Information provided by HSE Sexual Health & Crisis Pregnancy Programme.
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