Last-minute reminder: apply for the moderator job! Let us hear from you! My girlfriend currently has a cold. What sexual activities can we do that will minimize my chances of getting a cold? Yeah, we know it's probably slim, but I really can't afford a cold right now and celibacy is so '50s. Oral sex is out, yes? Would any particular position help? Kissing is out, but what about kissing the skin in areas not near an opening, say the chest or back, say the chest or back?
Is it safe to have oral sex when you have cold and cough? Find out here.
With winter in full swing across much of the world, that means that the flu is in full swing, too. While people say that rest and fluids are the key to getting well, you may wonder what else you can do while stuck indoors. Namely, can you have sex if you have the flu? This year's flu epidemic has been making headlines worldwide, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention even released a " Weekly U. Influenza Surveillance Report " so you can see how prevalent it is, who's getting it the most, and so on. Of course, you first need to know what influenza signs to watch out for. Naturally, your partner will want to help take care of you when you have the flu, and you two may want to get close — which brings sex back into the equation. Can you have sex if you have the flu? Yes, but there's plenty to consider first, including how you're feeling and whether you're contagious. Also, there is the consideration of being contagious — to your partner.
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The flu can be such an inconvenience, keeping you holed up in your home feeling like a sack of phlegm. But so long as you can keep the ooze factor under control—and you have a willing partner—you can still get sexy. And to great gain: The flood of sex-induced endorphins will help ease your pain, at least temporarily. So we set out to determine which positions are safest—meaning, which ones pass on the fewest germs. The good news is that the viruses that carry the flu or common cold don't live on semen or in vaginal fluids, says Charles Gerba, a microbiology professor at the University of Arizona. So it is technically possible to have sex without passing along the flu. The bad news or potentially more good news, depending on your perspective is that the viruses do live in saliva, so lip-locking is off limits.