Does washing after sex increase the risk?
Q: Does washing after sex increase the risk?
A: Yes, it might. If you are in contact with sexual fluid it is better to wipe this off with a dry cloth. One study reported that infection rates were higher in people who washed after sex.
Douching can spread the virus further and soap and water may make a vulnerable membrane an easier barrier to get through.
Lemon or lime juice, even diluted, will also increase the risk of transmission as it damages tissue.
Last updated: 1 June 2021.